Who is Matthew Bowman?
Bowman is tasked with ensuring that HHS policies comply with the law. He’s the main author of the Trump-Pence administration's proposal to allow employers to refuse to cover birth control based on personal “religious or moral objections.” That means your boss could keep your insurance from covering birth control if they don't support it.
Before joining HHS, Bowman was an attorney who represented employers and religious groups trying to deny birth control coverage.The New York Times
Bowman represented anti-abortion counseling centers, which often give women biased and inaccurate information — for example, lying to women about how far along they are in a pregnancy — to prevent them from getting an abortion.Los Angeles Times
He’s repeatedly promoted the false claim that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and emergency contraception cause abortions.Rewire News
[Employers who provide insurance coverage for contraception] kill embryos and bow to the altar of fruitless intercourse.”
Deputy General Counsel
He believes granting people the "anti-pregnancy items" like birth control "correlate with unhealthy lifestyles, especially by enabling promiscuity".Planned Parenthood Action
He spread false claims about Planned Parenthood, which helped promote efforts to block women from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.Townhall
From 1996 and 2001, Bowman had at least 14 run-ins with the law related to aggressive anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ protests. That included arrests at abortion protests, police encounters at abortion clinics (including blocking patients from entering clinics), police encounters at private homes (including intimidating a pastor and his family), and a conviction for a disruptive anti-LGBTQ protest. He also had a habit of following women from their car and harassing them about abortion on their way into health centers that provide abortion.Mother Jones
U.S. Department of Health and Services (HHS)
HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration has slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.