"As our communities grapple with the COVID-19 public health crisis, the importance of delivering critical preventative care to women and families is more clear than ever," said Attorney General Becerra. "More than 62 million women have benefited from the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage over the last decade. This law not only protects equality in healthcare, it supports women's ability to control their own reproductive health, and promotes access to education, jobs and financial empowerment. We will continue to fight to keep healthcare decisions between women and their doctors, not their employers."
"Decisions about birth control are for women to make, not their bosses, and certainly not the
In 2017 and 2018, the
In the amicus brief, the attorneys general argue that the states have a vested interest in providing women seamless contraceptive coverage. The coalition argues that tens of thousands of women will lose their cost-free contraceptive coverage if employers are allowed to exempt themselves from the ACA requirement. This loss of coverage will result in a reliance on state-funded programs that will increase the states' costs associated with the provision of reproductive healthcare, and will likely lead to an increase in unintended pregnancies.
Joining Attorneys General Becerra and Healey in filing the amicus brief are the attorneys general of
A copy of the brief is available here. (https://www.oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press-docs/19-431%2019-454%20bsac%20of%20MA%20CA%20et%20al.%20in%20support%20of%20PA%20NJ.pdf)