Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns President Trump’s Move to Limit Birth Control Access

Oct 6, 2017 Issues: Protecting Reproductive Health

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s move to limit access to women’s birth control by lifting the Obama-era rule requiring healthcare plans cover contraceptives. The Trump Administration issued a new rule today that rolls back an Affordable Care Act requirement that guarantees contraception at no cost. This rule would allow employers to opt out of covering birth control in their health insurance if they have moral or religious objections. 

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the contraceptive mandate, more than 62 million women gained access to birth control without the burden of co-payments. In the face of this progress, I’m outraged, but not surprised that the President is attacking women’s health. This isn’t about religious freedom, this is about scoring cheap political points. Access to birth control is not and should never be a controversial issue. Birth control should be a universal right not only in the United States, but across the world. It may be useless to call on the President to reverse this deeply hurtful ruling, but I will redouble my efforts to work with my colleagues in the Congress to counteract this irresponsible decision,” said Congressman Ryan.