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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a legal brief on Wednesday defending the nationwide preliminary injunction California secured on December 21, 2017, protecting birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The preliminary injunction successfully blocked the Trump-Pence Administration’s rules that threaten access to cost-free birth control as required by the ACA for employees and their eligible dependents.

“Access to cost-free birth control puts women and families, not politicians, in charge of making the important decisions involving their healthcare needs. Thirteen million women in California, and millions more across the country, have benefited from the Affordable Care Act’s coverage,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The Trump-Pence Administration now wants to take away this coverage and take us back to the bad old days when politicians routinely injected themselves between a woman and her doctor. California stands ready to defend a woman’s right to the healthcare she needs and chooses, including birth control. We will fight against any actions that try to restrict Californians’ access to affordable, quality healthcare.

The Trump-Pence Administration issued its illegal birth control rules on October 6, 2017, and made them effective immediately without any transparency or input from the public. The rules allowed virtually any employer to deny women the cost-free birth control guaranteed by the ACA. To date, 62.4 million women have benefited from that ACA provision, including 13 million women in California, saving $1.4 billion since 2012.

Immediately following the Trump-Pence Administration’s announcement, Attorney General Becerra filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to challenge the federal government’s contraceptive rules. In November, Attorney General Becerra filed a petition for a nationwide injunction to halt the rules, which he successfully obtained in December 2017. The federal court granted the injunction, claiming the federal government failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, which all federal agencies must abide by when issuing rules.

In filing Wednesday’s brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Attorney General Becerra is joined by the Attorneys General of Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.

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  1. lu says:

    This is one action of his I agree with: so wrong of Trump-Pence (mainly the latter I think) to try to undermine a woman’s right to birth control, we’re not even talking about abortion here, just pills and other methods that are cheap early interventions: also the Pill can have hormonal benefits for endometriosis and the like, often for women who are past their childbirth period when uterine problems manifest. Planned Parenthood offers a full range of healthcare services.

    What possible reason other than their personal right-wing views does such a reactionary move serve. And of course, it’s the same right-wing pol’s and religious activists imposing their views who object to “welfare” benefits to young and/or poor women who would have the babies they know they can’t afford or aren’t ready to have. And shouldn’t they favor birth control instead of later surgical intervention?

    HOWEVER many people believe Becerra is wasting CA taxpayers’ money filing suits against the Trump Admin. to support State Sanctuary Laws protecting illegal immigrants who have criminal records from being turned over to ICE and if the laws so state, deported. Also when it comes to fighting the NRA, gun control: he should enforce the laws already on the books, there are 10,000 estimated gun owners who shouldn’t have them because of criminal or serious mental health issues. Becerra should be protecting legal Californians.

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