New Trump administration regulations let employers and universities use religion to deny their employees and students access to contraception.
We're fighting back.
Birth control helps protect women’s health and 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 health care.
The regulations are unprecedented. They 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 health care. For many women, including students, losing coverage for birth control means that they probably won’t be able to afford it anymore.
Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. So is a women's right to make decisions for herself about her own healthcare. This new rule betrays both. And that’s why we’re going to court to fight for religious freedom and women’s health and equality.
Americans United has already been fighting in court to ensure that religion isn’t used as an excuse to deny access to birth control. We filed friend-of-the-court briefs in multiple cases that challenged the ACA’s requirement to cover birth control. And in one case, University of Notre Dame v. Price, Americans United represents students who would lose their insurance coverage for contraception under the new regulations. We will continue to fight to make sure these students and all women like them have affordable, seamless access to contraception. Women’s health and equality and religious freedom are at stake.
Learn More About Our Work On Contraception Access:
Americans United Statement On Regulations To Deny Women Access To Birth Control
University of Notre Dame v. Price