Birth control emerges as rallying cry against Trump’s pick for health secretary

Reproductive rights activists are pushing back on remarks that Rep. Tom Price has made about access to birth control. Photo by applezoomzoom/Adobe

Reproductive rights activists opposed to Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary have hit upon a potent rallying cry: the cost of birth control.

The campaign stems from a remark made back in 2012 by Georgia Congressman Tom Price, who this week was nominated to run Trump's Department of Heath and Human Services. Back then, Price had joined other Republicans in a fierce fight to block an Obamacare mandate that insurers give women free access to contraception.

Price said the rule was unfair to religious employers who considered it immoral for birth control to be covered under the health plans offered to their workers — and also, wholly unnecessary, because no woman he knew of had ever had trouble getting contraception when she needed it.

"Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There's not one," Price said at the time, in an interview that was captured on video and has been widely circulated.

Now that Price stands poised to shape health care coverage for millions, both activist organizations and individual women are answering his "bring me one" challenge — by bringing him their stories.

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