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ARHP Condemns Trump Administration's Leaked Draft Policy That Would Gut ACA Birth Control Provision
For Immediate Release, Thursday, June 1, 2017
Contact: Rebecca Theim
Email: rtheim@arhp.org
Phone: 202-466-3825

WASHINGTON – The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) strongly condemns a leaked Trump Administration draft plan that would effectively gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control benefit.

The ACA requires employers to provide health insurance plans that cover birth control without copays or deductibles. If the Trump Administration proposal becomes law, it would effectively allow employers to deny birth control coverage for employees and their families under “exemptions for religious beliefs and moral convictions.” While the birth control provision would still exist in the ACA, this potential rule change would create a significant loophole that could lead to hundreds of thousands of women losing access to no-cost birth control coverage.

“We join with our many allied organizations in condemning this proposed change,” said Wayne C. Shields, president and chief executive officer of ARHP. “If this draft rule is enacted, it would have draconian consequences for women’s health and economic independence.

“Along with its federal budget proposal that would essentially gut Planned Parenthood and Title X programs, the Trump Administration continues a frightening pattern of undercutting access to essential women’s health services. ARHP stands ready to resist this and other attempts to undermine women’s ability to control their reproductive health.”

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ARHP trains, supports, and advocates for the sexual and reproductive health professionals who impact patients’ lives. Our mission is to transform and improve SRH care and access through professional training and advocacy. We translate high-quality science into practice and policy through accredited, peer-reviewed programs and policy efforts, and we bring together professionals across disciplines and specialties for evidence-based training and network building.