For Immediate Release: January 24, 2020
In response to this morning’s news that the Trump administration has announced action against California over the state’s mandate that health insurance plans include coverage for abortion care, NARAL Pro-Choice California Director Shannon Hovis issued the following statement:
“Once again Donald Trump is jeopardizing the health of women for his own political agenda, making clear that he will stop at nothing to rile up his anti-choice base as they seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, ban abortion outright, and deny millions of Americans access to the care they need. An opinion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights just four years ago confirmed that California’s insurance mandate does not violate federal law. Rather, it ensures that all individuals, regardless of income, have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare.
This is another attempt by the Trump administration to come after California, the state that most defies his efforts to undermine reproductive freedom. Earlier this week, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL joined California’s reproductive freedom champions to announce legislation to further expand access to abortion coverage and guarantee that no one in California is unable to access abortion because of the cost. A patient’s health should always come first, and every woman should have coverage for a full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion.”