The National Women’s Law Center, with our partners the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, SisterLove, Inc., and dozens other organizations, filed briefs to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits in opposition to two Trump-Pence administration rules issued in October 2017 and finalized in November 2018 that would allow virtually any employer or university claiming a religious or moral objection to take away insurance coverage of birth control from employees, students, and their dependents. Those rules are temporarily blocked by two federal courts, but the Trump-Pence administration is trying to get those orders overturned.

The briefs explain the harmful impact the rules would have if allowed to go into effect, particularly on people of color, young people, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and others who already face multiple and intersecting barriers to health care and economic advancement. The briefs also address the faulty assumptions and misleading data the Administration has put forward as justification for the rules, citing empirical research and data demonstrating that the Administration’s claims are false and put peoples’ health and livelihoods at risk.

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