It also protects women if the ACA is replaced or Roe v. Wade is overturned
Since Republicans lack the political and legal power to invalidate Roe v. Wade, they’ve spent the last several years pushing their anti-abortion agenda in state legislatures. The Supreme Court has crushed a few of the most egregious constitutional violators, and when Barack Obama was in office, he took small but significant measures to safeguard access to abortion care. Now that Donald Trump is in the picture, taking all his cues from the most radical wingsof the anti-abortion movement and nominating a women’s health opponent to the court, state legislatures are growing even more emboldened in their fight to limit access to reproductive health care.
Some state legislatures, that is. While states like Iowa are taking advantage of Trump’s go-ahead on defunding Planned Parenthood, others are using his rise to power as an opportunity to pass progressive measures codifying federal protections that could crumble under Trump. A handful of states have passed bills requiring insurers to cover contraception at no cost to patients—a provision of the Affordable Care Act that Trump and Republicans want to scrap. A few have gone even further, ensuring patients’ access to a year’s worth of contraception at a time. Some states, including Maryland and Vermont, passed these laws before Trump won the election. Others began seriously considering beefing up health-care protections after it became clear that the new administration had a target on health-care access for women.