Attorney General Becerra to Challenge Trump Administration Over Contraceptive Regulations, Files Federal Lawsuit in California

Friday, October 6, 2017
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New federal rules would allow employers to discriminate against female employees 

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Trump-Pence Administration’s new rules that will deny access to contraceptives for millions of women and their families by allowing employers to interfere with healthcare. The rules jeopardize the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide coverage of birth control for employees and their covered dependents with no out-of-pocket costs. To date, 62 million women across the country have benefited from these reproductive health services.

“Donald Trump wants businesses and corporations to control family planning decisions rather than a woman in consultation with her doctor. These anti-women's health regulations prove once again that the Trump Administration is willing to trample on people’s rights,” said Attorney General Becerra. “What group of Americans will they target next? Will they allow businesses to deny you cancer treatment? Will they exclude you from insurance coverage because of a pre-existing health condition? The California Department of Justice will fight to protect every woman’s right to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare. We'll see the Trump Administration in court.”

Attorney General Becerra filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

A copy of the complaint, as well as a fact sheet on the complaint, is attached to the electronic version of this release at

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PDF icon Complaint.pdf773.41 KB
PDF icon Fact Sheet - Birth Control Litigation.pdf211.62 KB