Center for American Progress

RELEASE: Project 2025 Would Take Away Access to Free Emergency Contraception for 48 Million Women 
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RELEASE: Project 2025 Would Take Away Access to Free Emergency Contraception for 48 Million Women 

Washington, D.C. — In Project 2025, far-right extremists outline their intent to exclude some forms of emergency contraception from no-cost coverage, creating potentially lifelong consequences for women nationwide. A new Center for American Progress analysis estimates that if Project 2025 were enacted, nearly 48 million women of reproductive age would lose their guaranteed no-cost access to emergency contraception.

The Affordable Care Act requires most private health insurance plans to provide no-cost coverage—without copayment, coinsurance, or deductible—for recommended preventive services, including all birth control methods, such as emergency contraception, and counseling. Project 2025’s plan to strip away access to free emergency contraception could deny millions of women nationwide the autonomy to make decisions about their own bodies and the control over when and if to be pregnant. This new state-by-state analysis estimates how many women would lose guaranteed access to no-cost contraception. 

“Stripping away access to free emergency contraception that millions of women have relied on for more than a decade is yet another attempt by right-wing extremists to limit women’s ability to control their own futures,” said Kierra B. Jones, senior policy analyst for the Women’s Initiative at CAP and co-author of the analysis. 

“Emergency contraception is completely safe and effective at presenting a pregnancy before it occurs. Bills introduced in the past two years in Louisiana and Oklahoma would restrict access to several types of contraceptives and show that right-wing extremists will do everything in their power to restrict people’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies, ” said Nicole Rapfogel, policy analyst for Health Policy at CAP and co-author of the analysis. 

Read the analysis: “Project 2025 Would Take Away Access to Free Emergency Contraception for 48 Million Women” by Nicole Rapfogel and Kierra B. Jones 

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