State Wins Injunction against Trump’s ACA Birth Control Rollback

Posted on December 15, 2017

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State Wins Injunction against Trump’s ACA Birth Control Rollback
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania submitted a declaration of support for the injunction in case brought by Attorney General Josh Shapiro

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 15, 2017) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has won an injunction with his lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration over the issuance of new rules allowing employers to deny coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

Dayle Steinberg, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, submitted a declaration of support for the injunction last month. The injunction was announced today.

“After the president tried to defund Planned Parenthood and deny reproductive care to women through his failed Obamacare repeal, he tried a backdoor approach in pursuing his war on women. It didn’t work then and it’s not working now,” Steinberg said. “We’re fortunate to have leaders like state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who acted swiftly in filing his suit and today won an early victory for women and families in Pennsylvania and across the country.

“But make no mistake: This is just the beginning. This fight is real. The Trump administration is waging war on women and they won’t stop here,” Steinberg said. “As important as this victory is, there will be more challenges, so it’s absolutely critical that women and advocates stay energized and united.”

The Affordable Care Act seeks to cover birth control just like any other preventive care, making it available without any out-of-pocket cost — a recommendation that came directly from the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine, reflecting the fact that medical and scientific communities agree that access to birth control is vital for controlling certain medical conditions.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two corporations that argued they should not have to provide insurance coverage for their employees’ birth control (as required by the Affordable Care Act) because of the business owners’ religious objections. The Trump administration wants to expand the number of employers and insurers who qualify for that exemption.

According to polls, 86 percent of Americans — and 83 percent of Republicans — support policies that make it easier to get full range of birth control. Nearly 9 in 10 women of reproductive age will use contraception at some point in their lives, with 2.5 million Pennsylvania women benefiting from the mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Increased sex education and access to birth control are among the reasons that the current rate of unintended pregnancy is the lowest it has been in 30 years. Teen pregnancy is at a historic low, as is the national abortion rate.

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