Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's move to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans:

“Once again, the Trump administration has chosen cruelty over care, threatening to disrupt the lives of those who depend on contraception for their health and well-being. Decisions regarding reproductive healthcare are best left to doctors and their patients – not their employers or insurance companies. Access to reproductive care should not be limited due to an employer’s religious beliefs or moral objections. Nor should patients’ access be limited because of prohibitively expensive co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. These new regulations make it imperative for Massachusetts to stand up for reproductive freedom by passing the Contraceptive ACCESS bill to protect patients throughout the Commonwealth. We call upon House and Senate leadership to quickly pass this legislation protecting women and their families in Massachusetts.”

The National ACLU is filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's new rules.

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