(TRENTON) – Assembly Women & Children Committee Chair Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Friday on President Trump’s rollback of federal regulations that required employers to cover contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act:
“Women’s health is under attack in our nation. The Trump Administration’s appalling decision to rollback federal rules that require employers to cover contraceptives under their health insurance plans will hurt hundreds of thousands of women across the United States.
“Since the enactment Affordable Care Act, women have saved annually over a billion dollars on birth control pills, and we have seen the lowest abortion rate since 1973. However, President Trump’s sickening decision to rescind this mandate will reverse the progress made toward empowering women to make their own pregnancy plans and will ultimately result in an increased rate of unintended pregnancies, teen pregnancies, and abortions.
“This regulation will strip women of their ability to make their own decisions when it comes to their health and puts that power in the hands of employers and politicians. Shame on President Trump for his continued attack on women’s health, and for denying women the right to make their own healthcare choices. We must continue to fight here in New Jersey to ensure that every woman has access to healthcare and to minimize the harmful effects of this administration’s discriminatory healthcare policies.”