The Obama administration on Tuesday withdrew a $10.5 billion food stamp program that would have expanded access to emergency medical services and paid for emergency contraception to women who don’t have access to birth control pills.
The withdrawal means that about two-thirds of women receiving emergency contraception will no longer be able to get it.
About half of those receiving the program have a co-pay for the pill.
The Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget had planned to send a notice of withdrawal to states by June 7.
But the Obama administration decided not to take the money away from the Food Stamp program, and the Food and Nutrition Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the withdrawal will be effective immediately.
The decision was a setback for the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the move was an embarrassment to the president.
“I will never allow my presidency to be defined by the decisions that were made in Washington last night,” Trump tweeted.
“We will not allow Washington to be the judge of our future.”
“The Obama Administration failed our country.
The American people voted to give them power and the president failed them,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.
On Monday, the White House issued a statement saying the withdrawal was “an unfortunate mistake” and that it will provide “appropriate assistance.” “
It is unacceptable that millions of Americans have to pay for the privilege of being able to control their own birth control and it is a disgrace that the administration will not acknowledge the true impact of its decision.”
On Monday, the White House issued a statement saying the withdrawal was “an unfortunate mistake” and that it will provide “appropriate assistance.”
The White House also said the move is “in the best interest of women, men, children and our economy.”
The USDA said it will continue to fund the program to meet its goals, but the agency said it is no longer providing emergency contraception.
The administration is also working on a separate, smaller plan to provide more money to states to make up for the cost of emergency contraception, according to a White House official.
While the withdrawal affects about half of the 2.2 million women receiving food stamps, the USDA said in its statement that “some states have found that their emergency contraception programs are being overwhelmed by a large number of applications.”
About 1.4 million women have access only to emergency contraception through the Food Stamps program, which is paid for through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which helps the poor pay for food.
It also helps states pay for birth control, but many states do not offer emergency contraception for women.