Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey, Pelosi, Pro-Choice Caucus Call on President Trump to Reverse Birth Control Access Rollback

October 26, 2017
Press Release

Lowey, Pelosi, Pro-Choice Caucus Call on President Trump to Reverse Birth Control Access Rollback

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow members of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus on Capitol Hill to call on President Trump to reverse his recent moves to limit women’s access to birth control.

”Republicans are taking aim at the most basic aspect of women’s health care,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Since the enactment of contraceptive coverage, more than 62 million American women have saved more than $1 billion each year. It has given women access to contraception regardless of their economic status, as well as the power to determine when to start a family and how best to space pregnancies. By not standing up against this mean-spirited and dangerous rule, Congressional Republicans are complicit in denying contraceptive coverage for millions of women throughout the country.”

On October 6, the Trump Administration announced two interim final rules that would grant broad exemptions on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate to employers who oppose providing contraceptive coverage on religious or self-defined moral grounds. If implemented, the rules could rip away contraception coverage from millions of women who have access to birth control without out-of-pocket costs under the ACA, forcing women to pay the full cost of their birth control or go without it.

Congresswoman Lowey has been a leader in the U.S. House on protecting women’s health services and access to contraception. 

Lowey is a cosponsor of the recently-introduced Protect Access to Birth Control Act, which would void the president’s recent rules, thereby securing the right to birth control coverage as guaranteed by the ACA.

This morning, Congresswoman Lowey co-led a letter signed by 189 Members of Congress to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan calling on the Administration to rescind the rules and restore policies that facilitate access to affordable contraception for millions of women.

Contraception has been proven to improve women’s health and save women’s lives while reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions. In addition to helping women with safe family planning, contraception is also used to treat conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.