California v. Azar Amicus Brief

California v. Azar Amicus Brief

On May 25th, 2018, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California v. Azar, with the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), SisterLove, Inc., and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Forty additional organizations fighting for reproductive rights, health, and justice, economic security, and gender equity co-signed. The brief highlights the irreparable harm that will result if two Trump-Pence administration rules, which would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate, are implemented.

The ACA contraceptive mandate has guaranteed insurance coverage for the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods and related counseling, education, and services without out-of-pocket costs.

These two interim final rules, which were issued in October 2017, are particularly harmful to Latinxs, people of color, young people, immigrants, trans people, and others who already face multiple barriers to healthcare access.

In addition, the brief addresses the misleading data and inaccurate assumptions the administration puts forth to justify the rules, and urges the court of appeals to maintain the injunction that is currently blocking the Trump-Pence’s repeal of the contraceptive mandate from taking effect.

NLIRH will continue to work alongside our partners and fight to ensure that all people have access to quality, affordable reproductive health services, contraception, and are able to plan for their futures.

Access the full amicus brief here.