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Friday, October 6, 2017

New Contraceptive Rules An Affront To Women's Autonomy

Press Release





For Immediate Release

Friday, October 6, 2017


Elianne Ramos

Phone: (646) 795-6284




Washington, D.C. — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is appalled by the  two Interim Final Rules released by the Trump Administration that roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraception mandate, a provision which guarantees insurance coverage for a wide arrange of birth control methods without out-of-pocket costs. Effective immediately, these rules grant broad religious or moral exceptions to all employers, schools, or insurers that object on religious or moral grounds to providing insurance coverage for birth control. The new rules undermine the guarantee of no-cost-sharing contraception which is one of the most significant gains for women’s health under the ACA – specifically for Latinas who experience unintended pregnancy at twice the rate of their white peers. Coverage for preventive services without cost sharing removes barriers to healthcare access, enabling Latinas, and other women of color, to access critical health services like contraception. Access to contraception is vital to women’s economic security and ability to plan for their future.

Nina Esperanza Serrianne, policy analyst for NLIRH, issued the following statement:

“These two interim final rules discriminate against women by allowing employer’s personal beliefs to infringe on private medical decisions. They are an affront to our dignity, autonomy, and personal decision-making. They open the door for employers, schools and insurers to deny affordable birth control coverage to countless women who depend on contraception without out-of-pocket costs. By removing coverage, these rules limit access to safe, effective, and affordable birth control, thus forcing Latinas and other women of color who have a low income to decide whether to pay for groceries or to get the healthcare they need. When women make the unimaginable choice to forgo their care, they are denied their right to plan whether and when to have children, and their ability to make basic reproductive healthcare decisions for themselves and their family. We will continue to fight to ensure that all women have access to quality, affordable reproductive health services, and are not hindered in their ability to plan for their future.”

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.



The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.