Your boss would get to decide whether you get access to birth control.
Update December 13, 2018: Victory! Today, a federal court upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump-Pence administration’s attack on affordable birth control from taking effect in California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
The fight is far from over: a nationwide injunction by a Pennsylvania federal court on the very same rule remains in place. But this is a win for reproductive health care, and — with your help — we'll keep pushing.
Last month, voters across the country made clear that they care about reproductive health care. Yet just hours after polls closed, the Trump-Pence administration announced final rules to block access to birth control — a form of health care used by nine out of 10 women of reproductive age.
The rules — which roll back birth control access — are set to be effective on January 14, 2019, but ongoing litigation could prevent them from taking effect. We need to do everything we can to raise awareness about the attack.
Here’s what you need to know — and how you can help us fight back.
What do the birth control rules do?
The administration's rules would gut the part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans. Without that requirement, virtually ANY entity that provides health insurance coverage — including businesses, colleges, and universities — could refuse to cover birth control.
Without health insurance, birth control pills typically cost between $15 and $50 per month. That adds up to over $600 per year. An IUD could cost more than $1,100 out-of-pocket.
Sign our message to the administration and your members of Congress:
Tell them: I oppose the latest attempt to let bosses and schools decide who gets birth control coverage.
What will happen when the birth control rules go into effect, and why are they harmful?
The rules roll back access to birth control for the 62 million women who gained access thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Women of color made up the majority of people who gained coverage for birth control without a copay, including 17 million Latinas and 15 million Black women. Altogether, women saved more than $1.4 billion per year in out-of-pocket costs on birth control pills since the birth control benefit went into effect. That’s a savings of more than $3.8 million EVERY DAY.
Without the ACA’s guarantee of insurance coverage for birth control, many women — especially women of color and young people — won’t be able to afford birth control at all. In fact, before the Affordable Care Act, 57 percent of women ages 18 to 34 said they’d struggled to afford birth control. Forty percent of Black women of reproductive age said they couldn’t afford more than $10 a month for birth control if they had to pay out of pocket.
Taking away access to birth control is a big step backwards for our country.
It risks reversing positive gains for women. According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, a majority of women said that using birth control allowed them to:
take better care of themselves or their families
support themselves financially
complete their education
advance in their careers
Didn’t the Trump-Pence administration already let bosses refuse to cover birth control?
If these control rules sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been here before. The administration first tried to make it easier for employers to refuse to cover birth control a little over a year ago. With your help, we fought back. State attorneys general and advocates sued the administration, and two federal courts stopped the rules from taking effect. But the administration made small tweaks to those rules and is continuing to move forward.
What’s different this time around?
Not much. The final version of the birth control rules are basically identical to last year’s rules. They’re likely to continue to be challenged in court. With your help, we’ll do everything we can to make sure they’re struck down.
We need to show the administration and our elected leaders just how MANY of us oppose taking away our access to birth control.