Trump hires Katy Talento to lead health policy at White House
Talento once falsely wrote that birth control can cause “miscarriages of already-conceived children” and risks “breaking your uterus for good.
Trump turbocharges ‘Global Gag Rule.’
Organizations funded by U.S. global health programs now may lose federal funding for providing, advocating for, or even talking about safe, legal abortion. This policy will impact health care access provided by over 1,200 organizations in at least 60 countries.
Senate confirms Nikki Haley as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
As Governor of South Carolina, Haley said “women don’t care about contraception.”
Trump nominates Gorsuch for lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court
Gorsuch has an alarming history of interfering with reproductive rights and health. Gorsuch has sided with a politician who “defunded” Planned Parenthood in Utah — and believes that bosses should be able to impede their employees' access to birth control.
House introduces American Health Care Act
Had it become law, it would have caused millions to lose health coverage — and blocked low income patients’ access to STIs, cancer screenings, and birth control at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Trump hires Scott Lloyd to lead Office of Refugee Resettlement
Lloyd is a zealot who went on to block many young immigrant women in his care from obtaining a safe, legal abortion. Lloyd heads the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — despite of his lack of relevant experience.
Trump administration withholds all funding for United Nations Population Fund
This fund provides reproductive health care in over 150 countries, and is the largest provider of contraceptives globally.
Trump and Congress roll back protections safeguarding the nation’s family planning program
Obama administration Title X guidelines protected the ability of low-income people to continue to receive family planning care from the most qualified and highest performing providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers.
Trump appoints Charmaine Yoest to HHS
A former president of Americans United for Life, Yoest has charged that emergency contraception “has life ending properties.” (It doesn’t.)
Trump hires Teresa Manning to manage nation’s family planning program
Now in charge of the program that supports birth control access, Manning has said she believes “contraception doesn’t work.”
Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court
Barrett has sharply criticized the birth-control coverage guarantee — calling it “a grave violation of religious freedom.”
Another Title X attack
Trump budget proposes blocking Title X patients from receiving family planning services at Planned Parenthood health centers and “defunding” Planned Parenthood, and eliminates all funding for international family planning programs
Trump hires Jane Norton to work at HHS
“As lieutenant governor [of Colorado], I defunded Planned Parenthood.” —Norton
Trump's cruel plan revealed
A leaked memo reveals an administration plan to undermine birth-control coverage guarantee
Trump hires Valerie Huber to work at HHS
Huber once led an abstinence-only-until-marriage promoting organization that wrote model legislation — enacted later by lawmakers in Tennessee — levying fines when sex education courses touch on “gateway sexual behavior.”
Trump nominates Stephen Schwartz for lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court
In a 2014 brief filed with the Supreme Court, Schwartz sided with Hobby Lobby against the birth-control coverage guarantee.
Senate introduces Better Care Reconciliation Act
Like the House’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, this bill would’ve caused millions to lose coverage — and blocked patients’ access to Planned Parenthood health centers.
Texas asks HHS to break precedent by requesting federal funding for a women’s health program that excludes Planned Parenthood
House GOP spending bill proposes elimination of Title X, the nation’s family-planning program, as well as the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
The budget proposal would have left up to four million Americans who rely on Title X with no dependable access to birth control – and cut off funding for a program that supports evidence-based approaches to pregnancy prevention, while increasing funding for ineffective abstinence-only education.
Senate amends the Better Care Reconciliation Act to include the so-called Cruz Amendment
This amendment would have allowed insurers to not cover birth control, making a bad bill worse.
HHS cuts short Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants
Researchers lose final two years of funding for five-year programs & studies — disrupting efforts that have helped to bring the nation’s teen pregnancy rate to a record low.
Senate introduces Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act
This attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act while offering no replacement would have — no surprise — caused millions to lose coverage & blocked patients’ access to Planned Parenthood.
Trump nominates Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley for lifetime appointments on federal district courts
In remarks he made in 2013, Mateer called the birth control coverage guarantee similar to “what happened in the 1930s in Germany with Hitler.”
While Talley was working as a lawyer for the state of Alabama, he attacked access to women’s health centers that also provide abortion.
Senate introduces Graham-Cassidy repeal bill
The last-ditch effort to gut Obamacare would have — like the others — caused millions to lose health coverage and blocked patients’ access to Planned Parenthood.
HHS strategic plan describes life as “beginning at conception”
The planning document carries no legal force — but ideologues have employed similar language to attack not only abortion, but also common methods of birth control.
Trump nominates Kyle Duncan for lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court
When Hobby Lobby sued to deny its employees birth control and undermine the contraception coverage guarantee, Duncan represented the company at the U.S. Supreme Court.
HHS rolls back birth control mandate
In sweeping language, Trump administration officials allow virtually any employer, school, or other entity to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage for religious or moral reasons — effectively eliminating the birth control coverage guarantee.
Trump signs executive order that attacks quality health coverage, including birth control
The order encouraged the spread of loosely regulated plans whose coverage might exclude birth control, maternity care and other essential benefits.
Leaked White House memo reveals plan to divert family planning funds in the U.S. and around the world
In leaked guidance, the Domestic Policy Council proposes slashing funding for Title X, the nation’s family planning program, by half, and cutting funding for international family planning. The plan — which appears in the memo with, Katy Talento as its point of contact — would redirect Title X funds to promote fertility awareness methods, such as the rhythm method.