“Today’s actions by the Trump administration and House Republicans are a devastating blow to millions of Americans who need access to health care, and particularly millions of American women. These steps gut policies meant to increase access to affordable health care for all Americans, and tell women that President Trump will make their health care decisions.
“Trump’s ‘religious freedom’ Executive Order provides dangerous exemptions for employers who want to cut off access to reproductive health care and contraception. And the House Republican’s health care bill could make being a woman a pre-existing condition again.
“This is an attempt to codify discrimination and to widen the gap between men and women in the workplace. In Seattle we will continue to support policies that benefit women in our city and make the City itself a model employer, such as the 12-week paid family leave policy passed this year. Through our leadership and our action, we will continue to provide the progressive alternative to the Trump administration.”
Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement on today’s actions in Washington, D.C. concerning Congressional action to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a President Trump’s executive order on faith-based institutions: