— By Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Campaign Manager on January 22, 2012
Here’s some big news that’s going to affect millions of women.
On Friday, the Obama administration announced that soon women won’t have to pay out of pocket for birth control: starting August 1st, many insurance plans nationwide will be required to fully cover contraception without co-pays or deductibles. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more women can make health care decisions based on what’s best for them—not their insurance company—all while saving hundreds of dollars every year.
Think about how different that is from what the candidates on the other side would do. They’ve all vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Mitt Romney even said he would have signed a constitutional amendment in Massachusetts to define life as beginning at conception, similar to the notorious state-level “personhood” amendment that could ban many forms of contraception, and even IVF.
That’s why, right now, we need to show that millions of Americans are standing with President Obama on his commitment to women’s health—add your name today.
This news is just one more way the Affordable Care Act ensures that being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition. Critical preventive services like mammograms and other cancer screenings are now free, and an estimated 1.1 million young women are now covered by their parents’ health plans.
But at the same time, our opponents have been waging a war on women’s health—attempting to defund Planned Parenthood, overturn Roe v. Wade, and everything in between.
The President has stood firm against these attacks on women’s health, but if we’re going to protect our progress—and have the chance to take even more steps forward—we need to show we have his back now, when the heat is on.
Add your name to show your support for women’s access to health care today.