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DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON SECOND FEDERAL JUDGE HALTING TRUMP’S BIRTH CONTROL ROLLBACK

Today: Second Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Rollback of Affordable Care Act’s Birth Control Coverage Mandate; Less Than Week After Federal Judge in Pennsylvania Granted Injunction On Same Issue, Determining Trump’s Directive Would Cause “Serious and Irreparable Harm”

WASHINGTON, D. C. – In response to a federal judge in California temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s rule that would make it easier for employers to flout the Affordable Care Act by claiming moral or religious grounds to deny their employees contraceptive coverage, the Democratic Attorneys General Association released the statement below from Executive Director Sean Rankin.

STATEMENT FROM SEAN RANKIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION:

“For the second time in less than a week, Democratic Attorneys General are serving as the only check and balance to an administration that does not respect the rule of law, women, or access to healthcare. I applaud the incredible work of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Democratic Attorneys General colleagues Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, all of whom joined this suit, as well as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his success last week. This year has seen the role of Democratic Attorneys General become more important than ever before—and decisions like the one today in California are proof the law is on our side.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND TIMELINE:

  • On October 6th, 2017, Trump announced the rules to rollback women’s right to contraception, giving employers the power to choose whether their employees’ health care plans would cover contraception by claiming  “moral” or “religious” exemptions. Democratic Attorneys General Association responds with initial reaction (statement here).
  • On October 6th, 2017, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, along with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, led a 18-state coalition warning the Trump administration that it should expect legal action over its discriminatory, ill-considered, and dangerous move to effectively end the contraception coverage rule created by the Affordable Care Act. Link to letter
  • On October 6, 2017, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files lawsuit against Trump Administration for rollback of contraception coverage. Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring later joined California’s suit.
  • On October 11th, 2017, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued President Donald J. Trump and the Trump Administration for issuing new rules that allow virtually any company to deny its women employees insurance coverage for basic, medically-necessary contraception.
  • On December 15, 2017, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants motion for Preliminary Injunction.
  • On December 21, 2017, a second United States District Court for the Northern District of California blocks Trump administration’s rule that makes it easier for employers to deny contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds.