For Immediate Release: October 10, 2017

President Trump Personally Directed Administration Officials to Reject Iowa’s Requests for Help Implementing the ACA

In response to reports that President Trump personally directed administration officials to reject Iowa’s request to maintain healthcare coverage, Cari Sagar, NARAL Iowa State Director, released the following statement:

“Donald Trump is engaging in an unprecedented abuse of power in his attempt to sabotage the healthcare that thousands of women and families in Iowa count on. By rejecting Iowa’s waiver and gutting the ACA’s birth control benefit in the same week, Trump is making it his personal mission to sabotage the ACA. Trump and the anti-choice GOP have made it clear that their top priority is to repeal the ACA for their own political gain no matter the devastating cost to women and families. Let’s be clear: by taking this action, Trump is personally making life worse for the women and families of Iowa who are vulnerable to losing care and seeing their premiums skyrocket. The news that Trump personally directed HHS to reject Iowa’s waiver makes one thing clear: in his desperation to score political points, Trump won’t hesitate to throw Iowa families under the bus. This also comes at a time when the anti-choice GOP is actively working to pass a 20-week abortion ban, supported by three Iowa representatives in the House of Representatives. As the bill reaches the Senate, we urge Sens. Ernst and Grassley to stand with Iowa’s women and families, and fight back in defense of our basic healthcare—including abortion access.”

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.”


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