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Thursday, December 21, 2017

NLIRH Applauds Judge's Decision to Temporarily Block Attack on Birth Control

Elianne Ramos
Press Release


For Immediate Release
Friday, December 22, 2017

Elianne Ramos
Phone: (646) 795-6284


NLIRH Applauds Judge’s Decision to Temporarily Block Attack on Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a Federal Judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s harmful Rules that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage on religious and moral grounds. This case was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and was joined by attorney generals from Virginia, New York, Maryland, and Delaware.

The Administration's Rules were released in October and undermine the guarantee of no-cost-sharing contraception which is one of the most significant gains for women’s health under the Affordable Care Act.  This especially impacts Latinas who experience unintended pregnancy at twice the rate of their white peers. Coverage of contraception and preventive services without cost sharing removes barriers to healthcare access for women of color and enables Latinas to access critical healthcare services.

Margie Del Castillo, director of field and advocacy for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement:

“The Trump Administration’s attack on contraception is an affront to our dignity, autonomy, and personal decision-making, and will cause serious and irreparable harm to women across the country. Today’s decision temporarily blocks these rules, and will make it harder for a boss to deny contraception to their employees based on religious or moral grounds. This victory is a vital step towards ensuring Latinas and other women of color, who are often forced to make the unimaginable choice to either forgo essential care or put food on the table, have access to safe, effective, and affordable contraceptive coverage. Access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services, including contraception, is a human right and critical for women’s economic security and ability to plan for their future. This fight is not over.”

For more information on NLIRH’s fight for health, dignity and justice, visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH.



The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.