FACT CHECK: Rubio and the Rest of Trump’s MAGA GOP Are Threatening Contraception Access

In response to Marco Rubio trying to cover for Trump and MAGA Republicans’ attacks on access to contraception, DNC spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement: 

“Just this week, Donald Trump refused to rule out restricting access to contraception as part of his extreme MAGA agenda, and now Marco Rubio is desperately trying to cover for him – despite leading the charge himself on legislation that could cut off birth control coverage for millions of women. Trump and the rest of the MAGA GOP put access to birth control at risk in the first place by overturning Roe v. Wade, and voters will remember their all-out assault on reproductive freedom – including contraception – at the ballot box in November.”

NEW: Marco Rubio falsely claimed there aren’t threats to contraception access.

Washington Post: “‘He’s using the Senate floor to give all his vulnerable Democrats something to vote on,’ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said. ‘There is no threat to contraception nationally. … It’s all made up stuff.’”

FACT CHECK: Access to contraception is under attack. Rubio should know, since he’s one of the MAGA Republicans leading the charge.

Mother Jones: “Marco Rubio’s Plan Could Cut Off Birth Control Coverage for Millions”

“A new bill introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a rising conservative star and leading contender for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 2012, could cut off birth control coverage for millions of women who receive it through their health plans.”

CBS News: “Earlier this year, Rubio co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment, a measure that would allow any employer to stop providing insurance coverage for items such as birth control if the employer finds those items morally objectionable.”

Earlier this week, Rubio’s MAGA leader Donald Trump left the door open for restricting access to contraceptives and Plan B. 

Interviewer: “Do you support any restrictions on a person’s right to contraception?

Trump: “We’re looking at that, and I’m going to have a policy on that very shortly and I think it’s something that you’ll find interesting.”

Interviewer: “That suggests that you may want to support some restrictions? Like the morning after pill?

Trump: “You know, things really do have a lot to do with the states. And some states are going to have different policies than others.” 

Trump is also working closely with his Project 2025 allies, whose agenda includes restricting access to contraceptives if Trump gets back in the White House. 

Rolling Stone: “Inside the MAGA Plan to Attack Birth Control, Surveil Women and Ban the Abortion Pill”

“The attacks on mifepristone and resurrection of Comstock stand out as particularly harmful proposals, but they are only two of the dozens of ways the Republicans behind Project 2025 envision restricting access to abortion and contraception if they win the White House next year. Elsewhere in the document, there are proposals to eliminate the morning-after pill from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate under the rationale that it is a ‘potential abortifacient.’”

Heritage Foundation: “Conservatives have to lead the way in … endingsenseless use of birth control pills.”

Politico: “Organizations including Heritage, former Vice President Mike Pence’s group Advancing American Freedom, and the Southern Baptist Convention’s public advocacy-focused Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission have worked behind the scenes over the last few weeks to distribute talking points, circulate policy recommendations and educate Republican officials and their staff about their ethical concerns with how IVF is commonly practiced in the United States.”

Axios: “This is undeniably a Trump-driven operation. The biggest tell: Johnny McEntee — one of Trump’s closest White House aides, and his most fervent internal loyalty enforcer — is a senior adviser to Project 2025. One of the most powerful architects is Stephen Miller, a top West Wing adviser for the Trump administration.”

Politico: “On Tuesday, the Trump campaign sent a letter to pro-Trump, external organizations asking them to attend an ‘entirely off-the-record, private,’ and ‘invite-only’ meeting with senior campaign officials, according to a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO. The sit-down, which the letter describes as a ‘meeting of the political minds,’ is aimed at discussing ‘collaborat[ion]’ and ‘priorities and plans’ for the general election.”