The Organizations Fighting Against Trump's Birth Control Rule, And How To Donate To Them
On Friday, the Trump administration announced their plan to cut back on the contraception coverage mandate that was set during the Obama administration. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers were required by law to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. Now with the new rule, in effect immediately, employers or schools can legally opt out of providing coverage, making access to birth control much harder for women everywhere.
As you can imagine many people are furious — and rightly so. For many women, birth control is an essential part of their health care.
“Millions of women have gained access to birth control through the Affordable Care Act, and all of them have been put at risk of losing this vital piece of their health care," Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, says in a statement shared with Bustle. "Every day, I see the impact that birth control access has had on my patients’ health and well-being. The contraceptive coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act has done so much to reduce the barriers to birth control that my patients frequently faced. Let’s not go back to the days when patients couldn’t afford the birth control that helps them live healthier lives."
Cecile Richards the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement shared with Bustle.
Under the ACA, birth control was recognized as preventive health care. Because of that, health insurance plans were required by law to cover birth control without a co-pay. Under the new rules, any employer can opt out of contraceptive coverage for religious or moral reasons. It also eliminates the guarantee that women continue to receive birth control if the employer decides to opt out, regardless of their beliefs. In other words, if an employer says they want out, that's it. It's up to the women to figure out how they can afford their own contraception.
If this outrages you, the good news is there are many major organizations out there that are fighting back against the administration's new birth control rule. Here are some of organizations fighting against Trump — and where you can donate to show your support.
1American Civil Liberties Union
BREAKING: We're suing the Trump administration to block new rules allowing employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control. pic.twitter.com/nDT9QE0n8y— ACLU (@ACLU) October 6, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union has been working for over 100 years to defend the rights of all individuals in this country including immigrants, minorities, and of course, women.
If you want to help support and become a "Freedom Fighter" you can donate here.
2National Women's Law Center
We’re here to say #HandsOffMyBC for the 62.4 MILLION women who depend on $0 co-pay birth control.— NWLC (@nwlc) October 6, 2017
The National Women's Law Center has been working to create equal opportunities for women and families for over 40 years.
If you want to support them in their fight against the Trump administration's roll back plan, you can make donations here.
3Center For Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive Rights has been fighting to protect reproductive freedom for 25 years.
You can show your support by donating here.
4The Women's Convention
The organization behind the Women's Marches all over the country throughout the year are continuing to let their voices heard.
You can support by showing up to a march near you or donate here.
5Americans United For Separation Of Church And State
The Americans United for Separation of Church and State have been protecting the "wall of separation" since 1947. Since the new birth control rule will no longer protect people against their employer's moral and religious beliefs, this is a great organization to get behind.
If you want to support them, you can make donations here.
Among all the organizations fighting against the Trump administration's plans to roll back on affordable and easy access to birth control, Planned Parenthood may be the most well-known. As Erica Sackin, Director of Political Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America tells Bustle, there are three things she suggests you do, "One, tell HHS that they should revoke this rule, and that no woman's boss should be able to decide if she has access to birth control. Two, tell tell all your friends to do the same and three, go to istandwithpp.org and sign up to help us fight this rule." You can even go on their site to make a donation.
7Physicians For Reproductive Health
The Physicians for Reproductive Health is a doctor-led organization whose mission is to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care. They’ve been working to uphold access to safe and legal abortions as well as protect easy access to affordable contraception since 1992.
If you want to show your support, you can donate here. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to their programs.
According to BuzzFeed News, four groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State say they'll be fighting the Trump administration in court.
“This new rule also reflects a disturbing trend in both the Trump administration and the current Congress of efforts to dismantle women’s access to health care, including administration appointees who oppose constitutionally protected rights, legislation allowing states to restrict family planning funds, and a health care repeal bill that would have left millions of Americans uninsured or without coverage for essential services," Davis says. "As a doctor, I am deeply concerned about the impact of these continued attacks on access to care for my patients and for the health of our nation. We have to do better.”
Despite what the Trump administration seems to think, reproductive rights are a basic human right, so let your voice be heard.