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California Attorney General Becerra leads coalition against Trump in birth control case

Christian Fernsby |
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in urging the Trump Administration to comply with the court-ordered injunction in California v. Azar.

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Topics: CALIFORNIA    TRUMP    BIRTH    ATTORNEY GENERAL   

The injunction secured by Attorney General Becerra earlier this year, in addition to an injunction secured by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, halted the Trump Administration’s attempt to strip access to cost-free birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Despite the clear injunction from the court, the Trump Administration has yet to update its website and inform the public about the injunction and its impact on their contraceptive coverage.

“Attention Trump Administration: regardless of your stance, the law is the law and complying with a court mandate is not optional.

The Administration must let women know that they continue to have full access to birth control,” said Attorney General Becerra.

“Millions of women rely on cost-free birth control under the ACA and this Administration’s unacceptable inaction continues to misinform them about the access to which they’re entitled.

“The public deserves transparency and the Administration must comply with the mandate, otherwise we will see them back in court.”

Since the ACA’s Women’s Health Amendment was put into place in 2012, 62 million women have benefitted from this provision.

On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration issued ill-conceived rules that allowed virtually any employer to deny women cost-free birth control guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.

Attorney General Becerra secured a nationwide injunction in December of 2017.

Nearly a year later, the Trump Administration issued final rules that were nearly identical to the interim final rules.

Attorney General Becerra quickly challenged the rule and secured yet another injunction, protecting access to birth control for millions of women across the country.

Despite that injunction being in place, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor websites state that employers can opt out of providing contraceptive coverage, in violation of the court’s order.

Further, another HHS webpage lists all of the preventive services mandated under the ACA, but does not include contraceptive coverage.

In today’s letter, Attorney General Becerra and the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, urged the Trump Administration to comply with the injunction.


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