Speaking at a Women for Obama event in Denver, Colorado, President Obama touted free contraception offered to women by the Affordable Care Act. The president was introduced by contraception activist Sandra Fluke, who became the center of a controversy earlier this summer, after she spoke out against Catholic colleges that did not cover contraceptives.
Obama reminded the audience that because of his reforms, insurance plans were covering the full cost of contraceptives, which he said was “crucial” for women’s health because it was used not only for family planning, but it prescribed by doctors to “reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.”
“And it’s good for our health care system in general because we know that the overall cost of care is lower when women have access to contraception services,” Obama added.
Obama explained that his administration worked with people who held “strong religious views on contraception.”
“We worked with Catholic hospitals and universities to find a solution that protects both religious liberty and a woman’s health,” Obama insisted. (But in fact, over 40 prominent Catholic organizations, including Notre Dame University are suing the Obama administration to block the HHS contraceptive mandate.)
“The fact is that nearly 99 percent of women have relied on contraception at some point.” Obama continued. “And more than half of all women between the ages of 18-34 have struggled to afford it.”
“We’re changing that,” Obama proclaimed.