Progressive groups in Colorado have denounced the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back the federal mandate requiring employers to cover birth control in employee health insurance plans.
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Executive Director Karen Middleton stated that the decision is “a slap in the face to Colorado women and Colorado values.”
The roll back is estimated to cost American women $1.4 billion a year in out-of-pocket spending. This policy may force some women to “make choices between paying for preventative care like contraceptives and paying their rent, their mortgage, electric bill,” said ProgressNow Colorado Development Director Taylor Holden.
“Affordable contraception for women saves lives,” said Holden.
Planned Parenthood also released a statement expressing disbelief that healthcare for women is still controversial.
“We’ve made so much progress in increasing access to birth control, which has brought unintended pregnancy rates overall and among teens to the lowest they’ve been in decades,” said the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards.
Richards goes on to call citizens to action. “Birth control is health care, full stop. Make sure the Trump administration knows we won’t stand by silently while he strips care from millions. Speak out now” said Richards.