In response to the news that a federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules on contraception, Consulting Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. Anne Davis issued the following statement:
“As doctors, we are relieved to see that a federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules that would have weakened the Affordable Care Act’s birth control requirement. The rules would have left the vast majority of American women vulnerable to the whim of their employers.
Contraception is an essential component of health care. It not only allows women to plan and space their pregnancies in a way that is best for their health and their families, but also helps manage a variety of health conditions. Insurance coverage must include birth control so that women can choose the method that meets their needs and have access to it consistently.
The contraceptive coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act has done so much to reduce the barriers to birth control that my patients frequently faced. We cannot go back to the days when patients couldn’t afford the birth control that helps them live healthier lives.”