Statement from DAGA Co-Chairs on SCOTUS Decision in ACA Contraception Case
July 8, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump v. Pennsylvania. The case centers on the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor seeking to allow employer health care plans to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women afforded under the Affordable Care Act.
Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association:
“The Supreme Court just ruled that your boss or your university can, based on their personal beliefs, take away your birth control coverage. Today’s decision is dangerous and the effects of this ruling will extend far beyond just contraception coverage. Employers should never be allowed to discriminate against employees, especially when it comes to the type of health care they need, and that includes access to birth control. As the Trump administration and Republicans continue to chip away at access to affordable health care, Democratic AGs will continue to fight back. Most importantly, we must all work together to elect leaders who will fight with us. This is far from over.”
- Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro and New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal sued to stop the Trump Administration from its efforts to eliminate cost-free birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A coalition of 15 Democratic AGs led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also sued to block the same proposals.
- The Trump Administration first attempted to strip access to cost-free birth control in 2017; however, Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro and California AG Xavier Becerra filed suit to halt those efforts.
- In 2019, the Trump administration tried to implement a revised rule that would roll back the contraception coverage mandate allowing employers to refuse to provide no-cost contraceptive coverage to women employees by citing religious or moral objections. Democratic AGs sued and secured preliminary injunctions BLOCKING this rule again. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2020.
- Democratic AGs have won significant cases at the U.S. Supreme Court this year including: keeping Trump’s discriminatory citizenship question off the 2020 Census, defending LGBTQ+ employee anti-discrimination protections, and blocking Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program.