Trump's Rollback of Birth Control Coverage is an Attack on Women and Undermines Religious Freedom


Elliot Levy

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New York – In response to the Trump Administration issuing a new rule rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage protection, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:

“The rollback of the birth control coverage provision of the ACA by the Trump Administration is an attack on women across the country and a distortion of the concept of religious freedom.’ By placing the religious beliefs of business owners and corporate executives above those of their individual employees, the administration is undermining the very First Amendment freedoms they claim to be safeguarding.  

The truth is that this decision has nothing to do with protecting ‘religious liberty’ and everything to do with pandering to the Religious Right. If the Trump Administration were truly concerned about religious freedom, they would stop their rhetoric and policies directed against Muslims and stop giving cover to white supremacists.

Jewish Americans believe in a society where all people have their health care needs met, and that includes reproductive health care. We will continue to work with our allies in faith communities nationwide to advocate for affordable, comprehensive birth control for all Americans.”


Bend the Arc was one of 26 religious organizations who jointly filed an amicus brief authored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases to oppose assertion that their owners’ personal religious objections to contraception should dictate the medical care available to their employees and trump the government’s interest in protecting the health of women.