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In 2017, it is inconceivable that we are still fighting for basic health care, like birth control.Minnesota lawmakers should immediately announce legislation that will bar employers from denying birth control coverage to their employees.  – Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS)

ST. PAUL, MN – 10/6/2017 – The Trump administration has taken direct aim at birth control coverage for more than 62 million American women, eliminating the guarantee they had for coverage for birth controlregardless of who they work for. On Friday morning, they announced a sweeping new rule to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all insurance plans must cover birth control without a co-pay or otherwise ensure access to birth control coverage for women whose employers or schools can legally opt out of providing coverage.

Statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of PPMNS:

“In Minnesota, unintended pregnancy is at an all-time low. Teen pregnancy and birth rates are at historic lows. The abortion rate is at the lowest level since Roe vs. Wade. Therefore, it is unthinkable that the Trump Administration continues to do everything in its power to cut women off from health care access and birth control.”

“With today’s announcement, any Minnesota employer, no matter how large or small, can decide to eliminate coverage for birth control for their employees. This makes no economic sense and it flies in the face of scientific and medical evidence that overwhelmingly shows that birth control helps women, families and communities stay healthy.

“In 2017, it is inconceivable that we are still fighting for basic health care, like birth control. We call on Minnesota lawmakers to take swift action. The time to protect the progress we’ve made in Minnesota on these important public health and economic issues for women – is NOW.”

“We call on Minnesota legislators to join other states such as Illinois, Oregon and Maryland, to enact bipartisan legislation that will bar employers from denying birth control coverage to their employees and ensure access to contraception at no out-of-pocket cost as required by the ACA.”

“Politicians and bosses have no business denying women access to this basic health care. All women, no matter who their boss is, deserve access to the benefits provided through the Affordable Care Act, including birth control coverage.”