President Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Birth-Control Coverage
President Obama spoke today about his administration's new policy ensuring that insurance plans cover birth control without a copay.
The president reaffirmed his commitment to making sure that women of all faiths who work at religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and service organizations can get contraceptive coverage.
The New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo, and The Huffington Post turned to NARAL Pro-Choice America to find out what this means for the 99 percent of women--including 98 percent of Catholic women--who use birth control at some point in their lives.
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said President Obama's policy ensures that women get seamless coverage of contraception through their health plans:
Today's announcement makes it clear that President Obama is firmly committed to protecting women's health. Unfortunately, some opponents of contraception may not be satisfied. These groups and their allies in Congress want to take away contraceptive coverage from nurses, janitors, administrative staff, and college instructors--and that agenda is out of touch with our country's values and priorities. We will continue to fight on every front to support women's access to birth control as politicians in Washington, D.C. try to take it away.
Indeed, there are politicians and activists who don't want women to have access to insurance coverage of birth control, period.
As my colleague Jen mentioned yesterday, one of these extremists said Taco Bell should be allowed to deny its employees access to basic health care.
Right now, anti-contraception politicians in Washington are pushing multiple attacks on women's access to birth-control coverage.
Anti-choice Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is trying to stuff one of these attacks into a transportation bill.