New Trump administration regulations let bosses and universities use religion to deny their employees and students access to contraception. But whether a woman uses birth control should be up to her, not her boss or university.

That's why we are fighting back. 

What You Need To Know:

Birth control is critical to women's health and equality.

Birth control protects women’s health and helps women plan their families; it allows them to participate in the workforce and pursue their education. In other words, it is critical to their health and equality. Because it is critical to women’s health and equality, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that women have access to affordable and effective contraception. The ACA requires most health insurance plans to cover birth control, but new Trump administration regulations would gut this requirement. As a result, countless women will lose access to critical healthcare. And that’s nothing more than discrimination.

The regulations will harm women.

The October 2017 regulations allow any employer or university, even for-profit corporations, to use religion to deny contraception insurance coverage to their employees and students. And there’s no backup plan. Under the Trump rule, if an employer or university refuses to cover contraception, employees and students have to pay out-of-pocket for basic healthcare. For many women, including students, losing coverage for birth control means that they probably won’t be able to afford it anymore. Decisions about women’s health care, though, should be left to women — not their employers or universities.


Religion is no excuse to harm others. 

Religious freedom is about fairness.  We don't treat people differently because their beliefs are different than ours. It is not fair to deny women access to this vital healthcare that's guaranteed by law. Employers and universities should not be able to use religion as an excuse to dictate their employees’ or students’ health care choices. 

Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. So is a woman's right to make her own decisions about healthcare. This new rule betrays both. We’re going to court to fight for religious freedom and women’s health and equality.

Americans United is fighting back.

On October 31, Americans United and National Women's Law Center filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s contraception coverage regulations. In Shiraef v. Hargan, we are fighting on behalf of five students and employees to ensure religion isn’t used as an excuse to deny access to their birth control. We will continue to fight—in court and in the policy arena—to make our clients and all women like them have affordable, seamless access to contraception. Women’s health and equality and religious freedom are at stake.

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The History Of The Contraception Coverage Requirement:

This Trump administration rule is the latest—and perhaps most drastic—move to gut the ACA's contraception coverage requirement. The policy has been changed several times and has been the focus of two Supreme Court decisions (Hobby Lobby and Zubik). It continues to be the subject of court cases and policy debates.

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