Power to Decide Applauds Executive Order to Expand and Protect Contraceptive Access

Press release

Power to Decide Applauds Executive Order to Expand and Protect Contraceptive Access

June 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — Today, President Biden will issue an executive order to strengthen access to contraception. Power to Decide CEO Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, MPH, issued the following statement in support:

“Contraception is basic health care. As a practicing OBGYN and advocate for reproductive health and justice, I applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s executive order to protect and expand access to contraception. This much-needed action is an important step toward ensuring comprehensive reproductive health care for all. 

“Roughly 19 million women in need of publicly funded family planning currently live in contraceptive deserts — counties where they lack reasonable access to a health center offering the full range of contraceptive methods. Communities of color and low-wage and rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the lack of access to contraception.

“By bolstering efforts across the federal government to improve access and affordability for contraception, the executive order lays out the roadmap for improving contraceptive equity and ensuring more people have the power to decide if and when to get pregnant. 

“One year after the Dobbs decision, we are reminded of Justice Thomas’ concurring opinion that the high court’s privacy rulings be revisited, which would include reassessing the right to contraception, signaling the need to take proactive steps to protect contraception. We commend President Biden and Vice President Harris for recognizing both the importance of and threat to contraception and taking bold action to protect and expand access to it.”

Power to Decide is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to ensure all people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant or have a child.