Americans United is following through on a promise we made when the Trump administration announced an attack on women’s health care last month: We’ve filed a federal lawsuit challenging the administration’s new regulations that allow employers and universities to use religion as an excuse to deny their staff and students health insurance coverage for birth control.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the National Women’s Law Center today filed a lawsuit against Trump administration rules that allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections in order to deny employees and students health insurance coverage of birth control.
Today, Americans United asked the Seventh Circuit to allow a student at the University of Notre Dame to defend her right to health insurance that covers contraception, despite Notre Dame’s ongoing litigation to deprive its students and faculty of that coverage.
In the ongoing dispute over access to birth control, one thing has often been missing: the voices of women who stand to lose the most if contraceptives become harder to get.
Americans United is working to change that.
A federal appeals court ruled May 19 that federal regulations designed to protect women’s access to birth control do not infringe on the religious-liberty rights of the University of Notre Dame.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling 2-1, upheld a regulation issued under the Affordable Care Act that permits religious non-profits to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage directly to employees and students as long as they first notify either their insurance company or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Supreme Court today sent a legal case over access to birth control at the University of Notre Dame back to a lower court for further review.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has intervened in the case on behalf of three Notre Dame students, says the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will receive the case again, should stick to its original ruling and make it clear that religious institutions have no right to interfere in the private moral choices of students and staff.