Scott, Pallone, Neal Blast Executive Order Targeting Vital Health Services

May 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s executive order subverting civil rights protections under the guise of religious freedom:

“As if working to take away coverage from 24 million Americans and raising health care costs for everyone else wasn't enough, the Trump Administration is continuing its assault on Americans’ health care by taking away access to vital health services. Under the guise of religious freedom, this executive order gives entities carte blanche to deny preventive health care services, for any religious or moral reason. Women and the LGBTQ community are particularly at risk of losing vital health services such as contraceptive coverage, which is imperative for the health and wellbeing of our nation’s families and communities. The ‘religious freedom’ of an employer, university, or other entity cannot and should not be used as a tool to deprive women and others of their civil rights as it relates to their health care services or options. In short, this executive order puts the health of our country at risk.”