Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette Introduces Bill to Protect Access to Birth Control

Oct 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-chair of the Pro Choice Caucus, today introduced a bill to block recent Trump administration moves to limit women's access to birth control.  Also leading the legislation are fellow co-chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA) and chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group Lois Frankel (D-FL), who together authored the Protect Access to Birth Control Act to safeguard this right for every woman in America.

The two Interim Final Rules issued this month allow nearly any employer to be exempt from the requirement to cover birth control and other forms of contraception without cost-sharing. The Protect Access to Birth Control Act will treat these policies as though they had never taken effect, thereby securing the right to birth control coverage as guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.  

“Every woman has a right to affordable contraception, and President Trump’s ongoing efforts to rip this essential aspect of health care from millions is incredibly dangerous. A woman’s ability to access affordable birth control should not be subject to an objection from her boss, school or insurance company. This is simply not right. Birth control is health care, and the Affordable Care Act’s protections were helping millions of women access it at little to no cost. We must protect and extend this progress, not roll it back, which is why it is critical the Protect Access to Birth Control Act becomes law,” DeGette said.

Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Casey (D-PA).