Ms. Foundation Statement on Trump Administration’s Religious Freedom Executive Order

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017

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Ms. Foundation Statement on Trump Administration’s Religious Freedom Executive Order

Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, released the following statement in response to President Trump signing the Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty:

“The executive order signed today is yet another horrifying example of this administration’s disrespect for women. To be clear, the Trump administration is resorting to executive action to roll back equity in reproductive health care because the American people overwhelmingly support women’s access to full bodily autonomy. Those who would be most harmed are the communities already under constant attack from this administration – women, LGBTQ people, and people with low incomes.

Like the so-called “religious freedom” bills we have seen all too often at the state level, this order gives religiously affiliated organizations further license to discriminate. By making it easier for these groups to opt out of providing preventive services, including no-cost birth control coverage, the order takes away the freedom to decide if and when to parent. And it has not gone unnoticed that this order is being signed the same day that the House of Representatives voted, once again, to take away health care coverage from millions of people.

We won’t go back. We will not let discrimination and hate win. We urge everyone to make their voices heard, and we will continue to fight alongside our grantee partners to protect the rights of women to fully access critical reproductive and preventive health care on their own terms.”