Congresswomen Blast Boehner’s Outrageous Assault on Women’s Health
DATE: February 8, 2012
U.S. Reps. DeLauro, Schakowsky, Capps, Moore Blast Speaker Boehner’s Outrageous Vow to Repeal New Obama Administration Rules Ensuring Working Women Access to Birth Control without Co-pays Under Employer Health Coverage
Congresswomen Push Back on Boehner’s Assault on Women’s Health: ‘These Rules Have Nothing to Do With Taking Away Religious Freedom and Everything to Do with Ensuring Access to Affordable Birth Control and Protecting Women’s Health’
Washington DC – U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Lois Capps (D – CA-23), and Gwen Moore (D-W-4) participated in an emergency press conference call today hosted by Americans United for Change pushing back on Republican Speaker John Boehner’s outrageous speech on the U.S. House floor this afternoon vowing to overturn the Obama Administration’s new rules requiring all employers who provide health insurance to provide birth control without a co-pay to its women employees. Boehner decried the HHS rules as an “unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country” despite the fact that no one is forced to buy or use contraception. The Congresswomen laid out the case why such criticisms have nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with an attempt to take away women’s access to easy, affordable birth control, no matter where they work. .
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3): “As both a Catholic and an advocate of women’s health, I believe that these guidelines strike the necessary balance between increasing access to health care services for women while respecting the religious beliefs of all Americans. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, and include services such as screenings and counseling for domestic violence, services for pregnant women, preventive care visits and screenings for cancer, as well as contraception. These guidelines represent a transformative step forward for women’s health, and I am proud to support them.”
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9): "The Obama Administration took an important step to increase access to health care while respecting religious freedom. The idea that birth control could be controversial in 2012 is outrageous. Taking this benefit away would be devastating for millions of American working women."
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D – CA-23), who served 20 years as a nurse and public health advocate for the Santa Barbara School District: “The Obama Administration followed the science and made the right call for women’s health. I know that the 99% of women who use birth control in their lives will make their voices heard and let the Republican leadership in the House know that trying to take away women’s access to health care is not acceptable.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-W-4): “It’s time we separate fact from fiction. This ruling is not a threat to religious freedom. The birth control benefit is carefully crafted to increase access to preventive care—while also respecting religious freedom. The majority of Americans agree - the Administration is right on this issue - and we must continue to stand up for the rights of women and affirm our commitment to providing them with the health services they deserve.”
Just the Facts…
- Surveys show that 99% of women and 98% of Catholic women have used birth control at some time in their lives.
- A recent study by the National Cancer Institute found that a woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer decreases by approximately 50% after using contraceptives for 5 years.
- The National Women's Law Center found that not providing women with contraceptive coverage would cost employers an estimated 15% to 17% more.
- A recent Planned Parenthood study found that nearly 50% of women ages 18-36 have struggled to afford birth control.
SEE ALSO: WhiteHouse.gov petition: ‘Stand Strong in Support of New No-Cost Birth Control Policy’ : https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/stand-strong-support-new-no-cost-birth-control-policy/HM8jg7Y4
SEE ALSO: ‘The Hill, Feb. 8: Religious groups back birth-control mandate’