Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Congressional pro-choice leaders blast White House over rule gutting key health care protections

May 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, issued the following statement today in response to the Trump administration’s new proposed rule that would allow health insurers and providers to discriminate against patients who have previously had an abortion:

“The Trump Administration’s proposed rule is yet another dangerous and discriminatory attack on patients’ constitutionally-protected right to abortion access and the full range of reproductive health care.

“Section 1557 of the ACA has been a critical component of ensuring health equity for women, LGBTQ patients, and communities of color. It increased critical accessibility of health coverage and care, including comprehensive, reproductive health care. This proposed rule would gut those protections and open the door for providers to refuse to treat someone because they have had an abortion, or deny an individual counseling on the full range of birth control options.

“Discrimination has no place in health care. Rolling back this law would put individuals’ lives and health in danger.”