Nearly 9 in 10 sexually active females have utilized birth control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before President obama passed the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 percent of American women of childbearing age had to pay out of pocket for contraception. Now, only 4 percent of women are shouldering the cost. The statute, in addition to federal investments in family planning through organizations like Planned Parenthood, has contributed to an all-time low in unintended pregnancy and the lowest U.S. abortion rate since the procedure became legal in 1973.
Now that Republican are in charge, they are framing the questions as one of” taxpayer-funded abortion .” The longstanding Hyde Amendment prevents any federal dollars from paying for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother. However, because some of Planned Parenthood’s clinics give abortion services, Trump and many GOP congressman believe the organization should not be eligible for funding that subsidizes contraception for low-income patients. Further, because some people belief( erroneously) that certain forms of birth control are akin to abortion, Trump has decided to allow employers and employees or insurer to refuse to include any of it in their health plans for moral reasons.
Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Service, said here move will” safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans .”