FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Monday, March 23, 2020
Today, on the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NARAL President Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
“Today marks 10 years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, allowing millions of Americans to access life-saving healthcare coverage. The ACA was a huge advancement for reproductive freedom and gender equity, making birth control affordable, prioritizing pre- and post-natal care, and striking ‘women’ from pre-existing conditions. But, instead of celebrating this progress, Trump has doubled down on his threats to demolish it. In normal times, this would be irresponsible. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unconscionable.
The truth is that Republicans have recklessly spent the last decade trying to undermine this landmark legislation that allows women and families across the United States to access critical coverage, even pushing a case to the U.S. Supreme Court that could unravel it. This moment requires real leadership, and it has cast their dangerous priorities into sharp relief. Millions of Americans rely on the ACA for coverage. NARAL will never stop fighting for everyone to get the care they need and holding politicians to account who prioritize their heartless agenda over the health and well-being of their constituents.”
President Donald Trump over the weekend replied to a question from a reporter about whether the administration would reconsider its lawsuit that could undo the Affordable Care Act in light of the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus by affirming that he wants to “get rid” of the policy allowing millions access to insurance coverage.
When Republicans waged war on the Affordable Care Act in 2017, NARAL and its members mobilized to let members of Congress know we wouldn’t stand by and allow them to jeopardize the healthcare coverage of millions of Americans. Our members made thousands of phone calls and sent 50,000 messages to Congress opposing the repeal efforts, ultimately helping to stop these dangerous efforts in their tracks.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. 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.”