FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2017
Contact: Audrey Sandusky, (202) 344-5805, asandusky@nfprha.org 

Executive Order is Direct Attack on Access to Contraception

Statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)

WASHINGTON, DC – “NFPRHA is profoundly disappointed by the Trump Administration to establish sweeping exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to the provision of and coverage for critical health care services, including contraceptive care. Today’s executive action will set forth a dangerous precedent for individuals’ access to preventive care, including high-quality family planning and sexual health services.

“Granting employers broader power to deny their employees access to contraceptive coverage could have wide-ranging implications for women’s health and will lead to a situation where women are forced to pay more for contraception or go without care altogether. 

Thanks, in part, to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement that has granted more than 55 million women access to contraception without a copay, we are at a 30-year low for unintended pregnancy in this country, and an all-time low for teenage pregnancy. Today, President Trump’s executive order threatens to reverse that progress.

“This is a terrible decision, and NFPRHA will work tirelessly to ensure access to high-quality family planning care for all regardless of today’s misguided action.” 

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NFPRHA is a membership organization representing providers and administrators committed to helping people get the family planning education and care they need to make the best choices for themselves and their loved ones. NFPRHA works to enhance the ability of thousands of nurse practitioners, doctors, and other health professionals to provide high-quality family planning care through training and advocacy. For more information, visit nationalfamilyplanning.org.  

 

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