New York’s Attorney General joined a federal lawsuit to protect New Yorkers’ access to birth control, following Trump administration rules that would deny contraceptive access by allowing employers to interfere with women’s healthcare choices.
AG Eric Schneiderman joined Attorneys General of California, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia in filing an amended complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. They argue the federal rules violate the Establishment Clause by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to discriminate against employees; the Equal Protection Clause by specifically targeting and harming women; and the Administrative Procedure Act by pushing through these new rules without required notice and comment, and without proper factual and legal basis.
The Trump administration’s new rules seek to toll back contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“The Trump administration believes that a woman’s boss is better suited than the woman is to make her own healthcare decisions. These new rules are unconstitutional – and we’re taking them to court to protect New Yorkers’ basic right to reproductive health care,” AG Schneiderman said.
“If a woman can’t control her own body, she isn’t truly free. With men in Washington doing whatever they can do to undermine women’s freedom and equality, I’ll do everything in my power to fight back and protect New Yorkers,” Schneiderman continued.
Since the ACA’s requirement to cover contraceptives took effect in 2012, it’s saved American women $1.4 billion. Over 62.4 million women have benefitted from the coverage, including 3.8 million in New York, according to a release from the NY AG’s office.
In January, Schneiderman introduced the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, which would protect and enhance New Yorkers’ access to cost-free contraception, no matter what happens in Washington.