The Associated Press | December 17, 2018 | 04:07:24By LYNN KESSLERBy LYNNN KESSELLERWASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on pregnancy and birth control for pregnant women and their care (all times local):1:40 a.m.
The White House says President Donald Trump’s proposed health care overhaul could cause a “medical crisis” for women, pregnant women who want to stop using birth control and their healthcare providers.
Trump said during a news conference Wednesday that while the legislation could cause “medical crises,” he will be reviewing it after seeing how it works.
He did not say how many women would lose access to contraception, but he said it would be a “significant impact.”
The Associated House Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions released its draft of the legislation on Wednesday.
It’s expected to be released by the end of the week.
The Trump administration has been under pressure from Democrats and Republicans to take a more restrictive approach to the birth control pill, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in some states and is widely available.
The administration has also proposed closing some abortion clinics.
The draft of Senate legislation, which would eliminate a requirement that women obtain a prescription from a doctor to get contraception, does not include language that would require women to get their pills from pharmacies.
It does, however, include language to make it easier for employers to offer coverage of the cost of birth control pills.