Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Executive Order Violates Women’s Freedom to Make Health Care Decisions

May 4, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said the Executive Order issued today by President Donald J. Trump is the first step toward rolling back women’s access to birth control and other forms of contraception.

“The President is using the pretense of religious liberty to violate women’s freedom to make their own decisions about health care,” DeGette said. “Employers should not be able to intervene in intimate decisions about reproductive health by cutting off their access to preventive care. It’s outrageous that this administration is planning to take this step -- and on the same day that it conspired with GOP House members to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which offers protections for reproductive care.”

DeGette was one of the ACA’s authors, and she pushed to include in the law provisions that would result in access to contraception and reproductive health screenings without cost-sharing.

Just after President Trump signed the order, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he would take swift action to “safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”