The Trump administration issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that guts the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate by allowing employers to refuse to cover birth control for their employees for any stated moral objection. In response, Sarah Croucher, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, released the following statement:
“Today’s Interim Final Rule is a new low for an administration already committed to interfering with access to comprehensive reproductive health care. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate allows women to access the birth control they need to protect their health, plan their futures, and care for themselves and their families. The IFR unleashed today will let employers decline to cover birth control for their employees for virtually any reason, starting immediately. This puts many thousands of women in our state at risk of losing coverage.
This year, our state legislature failed to pass S.B. 586, a bill that would have strengthened protections for contraceptive coverage for women insured in Connecticut. We call on our state politicians to work on legislation to ensure that women in our state are not denied coverage for birth control that is not only used for contraception, but is also vital for controlling many other health conditions. Connecticut women need commonsense legislation so that they can hold on to the copay-free contraceptive coverage they need and deserve, regardless of their employer’s position on birth control.”
The legislative arm of NARAL works to pass pro-choice legislation and defend against anti-choice legislation at the State Capitol, believing strongly that all women have the right to access the full range of reproductive choices including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.