May 21, 2015 / Press Releases

NARAL Pro-Choice America Denounces GOP Attempt to Impose a New Birth Control Tax

May 21, 2015

Today, anti-choice Sens. Cory Gardner and Kelly Ayotte introduced a bill that claims to provide increased access to birth control by invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The contraceptive coverage benefit in the ACA requires insurance plans to cover all Food and Drug Administration approved methods of contraception at no additional cost and is one of the greatest advancements in women’s health in a generation.

This bill is just another attempt to mislead voters to believe that anti-choice politicians care about cost-free access to birth control and would do anything to reverse the ACA and overturn one of the greatest advancements in this generation.

In response to the bill’s introduction, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America had this to say:

“The Gardner/Ayotte bill is a specifically designed to deceive voters into thinking these anti-choice legislators are on the side of women, when their track records tell a starkly different story.

This legislation hurts women by making affordable birth control less accessible while forcing women to pay twice for the same services. This effort is nothing but political pandering to trick women and families into thinking we are covered while dismantling one of the most critical gains in the Affordable Care Act.

Senators Gardner and Ayotte know they are imposing a tax on women for critical health care, and if they thought that we wouldn’t notice, they were sorely mistaken. Instead of hiding from the anti-choice views, they should own them and let the voters decide.

Women in this country know what family planning options work best for us and we deserve to have access to a wide range of birth control without paying extra.” 

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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