WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new rule that will roll back the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act:
“This is a direct attack on women’s rights. The Trump administration is using the guise of religious liberty to carry out their ideological agenda to deprive women of basic reproductive health care. The obstacles caused by the roll back of the contraception mandate will harm millions of women, especially low-income women and women of color, across the country, affecting where they go to work, go to school, or receive health care.
The Leadership Conference coalition, which includes many faith-based organizations, recognizes religious liberty as a core American value and supported the previous rule which accommodated objections and exempted houses of worship. The First Amendment does not allow anyone to impose their beliefs onto others, nor does it authorize discrimination.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.