March 21, 2014 / Press Releases

STATEMENT: NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue on Fourth Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

March 21, 2014

This Sunday, March 23, will mark the Affordable Care Act’s fourth anniversary and NARAL Pro-Choice America released the following statement from president Ilyse Hogue:

“The Affordable Care Act is one of the greatest advancements for women’s health in a generation. In addition to preventing gender discrimination by insurance companies and coverage for maternity care, this law provides critical support for family-planning services, including affordable access to contraceptive coverage.

“But I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that there is a vocal minority that is determined to tear down the ACA. In just a few days, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, for-profit corporations who want to deny their workers access to the birth control. If the Supreme Court rules the wrong way, it could set a precedent of workers being held at the mercy of corporations—opening the door to even further discrimination.

“But we know the majority of Americans support the use of birth control because it is basic health-care. We’ve made sure that politicians don’t get to make that choice for women in this country, and we’ll make sure that bosses know it’s not their business either.”

The Affordable Act ensures that millions of Americans will have access to basic health-care that includes affordable family-planning services and accessible maternity care. The law also promotes healthy families and includes long-overdue insurance reforms that end unfair discrimination against women.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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