Contraception https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/200/all en U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Cause Denial of Birth Control Coverage for Thousands https://reproductiverights.org/story/us-supreme-court-decision-will-cause-denial-birth-control-coverage-thousands <span>U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Cause Denial of Birth Control Coverage for Thousands</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Court Gives Trump Administration Broad Authority to Expand Employer Exemptions for Moral and Religious Reasons</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of the Trump administration’s bid to allow schools and employers to deny birth control coverage because of religious or moral objections will cause tens of thousands of employees and students across the country to lose coverage. </p> <p>In a 7-2 ruling, the Court cleared the way for Trump administration rules that permit virtually any entity—corporation, university, or non-profit—to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that health care plans provide no-cost contraceptive coverage. The decision also opens the door to discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom.” </p> <p>“The Court’s decision is a gross misinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act and what Congress intended,” said Emily Nestler, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “It will allow companies and universities to impose their religious and moral beliefs on thousands of individuals who will be denied necessary healthcare coverage as a result. This is wrong and discriminatory.” </p> <p>Earlier this year, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined 20 other organizations to file a “friend of the court” brief in the case, opposing the Trump-Pence rule. The brief explained, “Through the rulemaking challenged here, the government has sought to...[establish] religious and moral exemptions that effectively nullify the contraceptive-coverage requirement’s protections for hundreds of thousands of women...”  </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The new rules will harm people in low-wage jobs, students receiving student health insurance, and low-income people of color, who already face disparities in accessing care.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For many, whether they have birth control coverage will now be up to their bosses or universities.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>"It's important to bear in mind that any cost is a tremendous burden to people who already face huge barriers to access," Nestler said in <a href="https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/latest-supreme-court-decision-means-contraceptive-care-71677804">an interview</a> with <em>Good Morning America</em>. "Any amount of money that you pay for your birth control is money that's not going to other things, like your rent and your food and taking care of your family." </p> <p>The ACA’s contraceptive coverage benefit went into effect in August 2012. As a result, nearly 61.4 million women have no-cost birth control coverage today.  </p> <p>Nestler said Congress also has the power to step in and end the ongoing legal battle by requiring that contraceptives be considered as part of "minimal essential coverage" for Americans under the ACA. The Department of Health and Human Services currently defines what services qualify, which led to the Supreme Court case. </p> <p>"Congress really should take action,” Nestler said, “to ensure that the administration can't enforce these discriminatory rules anymore…these rules that we now have are clearly not what Congress intended. They certainly could and should step in."  </p> <p>In a separate case, which remains ongoing, the Center and its partners in 2018 sued the Trump administration and the University of Notre Dame, after the University opted to deny students, employees, and their dependents the birth control coverage required by the ACA. </p> <p><strong>Related coverage by the Center for Reproductive Rights: </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/supreme-court-hear-case-challenging-trump-pence-denial-birth-control-coverage">“Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage”</a> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Photo credit: Nina Robinson/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--hero paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:23:27 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59248 at https://reproductiverights.org Statements for the Record – Congressional Hearing on Reproductive Health Care Access for Veterans. https://reproductiverights.org/document/statements-record-house-va-health-subcommittee-hearing-repro-health <span>Statements for the Record – Congressional Hearing on Reproductive Health Care Access for Veterans.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span>Hearing: “Veterans’ Access to Reproductive Healthcare”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Subcommittee on Health</span></span></p> <p><span><span>July 1, 2020</span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-vnd-openxmlformats-officedocument-wordprocessingml-document file--x-office-document"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/CRR%20SFR_House%20VA%20health%20subcomm.%20hearing%20on%20repro%20health.docx" type="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document; length=107155" title="CRR SFR_House VA health subcomm. hearing on repro health.docx">Center Statement for the Record</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-vnd-openxmlformats-officedocument-wordprocessingml-document file--x-office-document"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Coalition%20SFR_House%20VA%20health%20subcomm.%20hearing%20on%20reproductive%20health.docx" type="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document; length=78549" title="Coalition SFR_House VA health subcomm. hearing on reproductive health.docx">Coalition Statement for the Record</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/washington-dc" hreflang="en">In Washington D.C.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:42:55 +0000 ehorwitz 59240 at https://reproductiverights.org News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May https://reproductiverights.org/document/news-brief-covid-19-and-srhr-europe-10-april-3-may <span>News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/other" hreflang="en">Other</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/519" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">enjie</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/07/2020 - 09:32</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/News%20in%20Brief%20COVID-19%20%26%20SRHR%20Europe_2nd%20Edition.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=237610" title="News in Brief COVID-19 &amp; SRHR Europe_2nd Edition.pdf">News in Brief on COVID-19 and SRHR in Europe: 10 April - 3 May</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 07 May 2020 13:32:42 +0000 enjie 59104 at https://reproductiverights.org Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage https://reproductiverights.org/story/supreme-court-hear-case-challenging-trump-pence-denial-birth-control-coverage <span>Supreme Court Hears Case Challenging Trump-Pence Denial of Birth Control Coverage</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/06/2020 - 09:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On May 6 the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of national significance that could have a huge impact on the ability of women across the country to access birth control. </p> <p>The case, <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?471642-1/supreme-court-pennsylvania-consolidated-health-care-oral-argument&amp;live"><em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em></a>, challenges the Trump-Pence Administration’s efforts to allow virtually any employer or university to deny its employees and students the birth control coverage required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  </p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights joined 20 other organizations, led by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in filing a <a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-431/142049/20200420124107859_19-431%20bsacReligiousAndCivil-RightsOrgsCorrected.pdf">“friend of the court” brief in the case</a>, telling the Supreme Court, “Through the rulemaking challenged here, the government has sought to...[establish] religious and moral exemptions that effectively nullify the contraceptive-coverage requirement’s protections for hundreds of thousands of women...” </p> <p>In a separate case, the Center and its partners in 2018 sued the Trump-Pence Administration and the University of Notre Dame, after the University opted to deny students, employees, and their dependents the birth control coverage required by the ACA. Notre Dame claims that its actions have been independently sanctioned by the Trump Administration through a contract that the University executed with the federal government, and also based on the challenged rulemaking being considered by the Supreme Court in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania.</em> </p> <p><strong>Trump’s Expanded Religious Exemptions Put Birth Control Coverage at Risk for Many </strong></p> <p>The Affordable Care Act guarantees that health plans provide preventive care for women at no cost. Federal guidelines specify that this includes access to FDA-approved birth control. </p> <p>This coverage is essential to the health and well-being of women and families across the country. For those with lower incomes especially, effective birth control was a burdensome expense before the ACA’s contraceptive coverage guarantee, which explicitly requires insurance plans to cover preventative services at no cost to the covered individual.  </p> <p>Houses of worship and religious nonprofits are exempt from the birth control coverage guarantee, and the Supreme Court <a href="https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/04/argument-preview-justices-tackle-challenge-to-conscience-exemptions-from-birth-control-mandate/">ruled</a> in <em>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby</em> (2014) that small corporations with religious objections can also opt out. </p> <p>The no-cost birth control guarantee remained intact for most Americans until 2017, when the Trump Administration introduced new rules that would expand the exemption so broadly that it could render the birth control guarantee meaningless for millions of Americans. Under the rules, any entity, whether non-profit or for-profit, could deny birth control coverage for its workers or students as long as it claimed to have religious or even moral objections. </p> <p>“Moral” in this context is a term so broad and so vague that it allows companies to offer almost any excuse they want to get out of providing cost-free access to birth control coverage for their employees. </p> <p>The question the Court will address in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em> is whether the Trump-Pence Administration has the authority to create such broad exemptions from the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee. </p> <p><strong>Defending ACA’s No-Cost Birth Control Coverage </strong></p> <p>Several states challenged the Trump-Pence Administration’s vast expansion of these so-called "conscience" exemptions. In this case, Pennsylvania argues that the government does not have legal authority to broadly exempt private employers from the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee.  </p> <p>Lower courts repeatedly agreed with the states and blocked the Trump-Pence Administration’s rules from taking effect. The administration then asked the Supreme Court to hear the case. </p> <p>The amicus brief filed by religious and civil-rights organizations, including the Center, notes, “The rights to believe and practice one’s faith, or not, are sacrosanct. But they do not extend to imposing on others by operation of law the costs and burdens of one’s beliefs. Government should not, and under the Establishment Clause cannot, favor the religious beliefs of some at the expense of the rights, beliefs, and health of others.” </p> <p>The Trump-Pence Administration’s rules eviscerate the ACA’s birth control coverage guarantee, as Center staff attorneys Scott Ruskay-Kidd and Joel Dodge <a href="https://www.acslaw.org/expertforum/how-the-trump-administrations-contraception-rules-trample-womens-constitutional-rights/">wrote for the American Constitution Society in 2019</a>: “These extreme rules purport to interpret the Affordable Care Act’s landmark contraceptive coverage guarantee, but perversely hollow it out...Any company that chooses to – think Nasdaq or Fortune 500 – can claim an exemption, as can any private university.” </p> <p>The Supreme Court heard arguments in <em>Trump v. Pennsylvania</em> via teleconference, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the proceedings streamed live. <a href="https://www.c-span.org/video/?471642-1/supreme-court-pennsylvania-consolidated-health-care-oral-argument&amp;live">Click here for a replay of the May 6 oral arguments. </a></p> <p>The Supreme Court may issue a ruling in the case before the end of its term in June.  </p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 06 May 2020 13:45:14 +0000 ehorwitz 59089 at https://reproductiverights.org Servicemembers and Veterans Face Barriers in Accessing Contraception https://reproductiverights.org/story/servicemembers-and-veterans-face-barriers-accessing-contraception <span>Servicemembers and Veterans Face Barriers in Accessing Contraception</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Center and partners publish an issue brief examining barriers to care and policy solutions </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Servicemembers, veterans and their families face a number of barriers in accessing </span></span></span><span><span><span>the contraception they need, particularly as compared to the civilian population. The Center for Reproductive Rights has joined with <a href="https://powertodecide.org/"><span>Power to Decide</span></a> and the <a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>Service Women’s Action Networ</span></a><a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>k</span></a> to develop an <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf"><span>issue brief</span></a> to identify these problems and recommend solutions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>“Our servicemembers sacrifice to defend our country and our Constitution, and they deserve to have high-quality, affordable healthcare, including contraception,” said Freya Riedlin, Federal Policy Counsel for the Center. “But for decades, many servicemembers have had to deal with insufficient access to birth control during deployment and a lack of high-quality family planning education. Non-active duty servicemembers, the dependents of servicemembers, and veterans also often face cost barriers for their contraception.This issue brief discusses recent policy advances that should improve many of these issues, and highlights where there is still work to be done.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Contraception is an essential part of health care. Beyond allowing people to plan and space pregnancies, birth control can be used for a variety of non-contraceptive benefits, including management of medical conditions such as pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, menstrual migraines and endometriosis. For servicemembers, the ability to regulate or suppress menstruation by using birth control can be especially important during deployment. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This new brief on contraception is the second part of the Center’s “Serving Those Who Serve?” series focusing on reproductive care for military personnel, veterans and their families. The <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-issue-brief-restrictions-abortion-access-servicemembers-veterans"><span>first brief in the series</span></a> addressed access to abortion care.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The brief calls on Congress and the administration to reinforce and build upon DHA guidance in order to improve access to contraception, including by:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>Eliminating copays for contraception for all servicemembers, their dependents and veterans; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Codifying regulations that ensure prompt access to emergency contraception for sexual assault survivors; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Ensuring that veterans can receive a full year’s supply of contraception; </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Codifying the requirement for evidence-based family planning education; and</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Monitoring implementation of the recent Defense Health Agency instruction to ensure servicemembers receive the full benefits of the new policies. </span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf"><span>Read the full issue brief here.</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Center developed this brief in cooperation with:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The <a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>Service Women’s Action Networ</span></a><a href="https://www.servicewomen.org/"><span>k</span></a>, a member-driven organization that acts as a voice for women who have served or are currently serving in the military. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://powertodecide.org/"><span>Power to Decide</span></a>, a campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy by <span>ensuring that all young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:59:10 +0000 ehorwitz 59034 at https://reproductiverights.org Serving Those Who Serve - Access to contraception for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents https://reproductiverights.org/document/serving-those-who-serve-access-contraception-servicemembers-veterans-and-their-dependents <span>Serving Those Who Serve - Access to contraception for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/briefing-papers" hreflang="en">Briefing Papers</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=295813" title="USP-Fed-IssueBrief-Contraception_FINAL.pdf">Serving Those Who Serve Issue Brief</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:20:29 +0000 ehorwitz 58999 at https://reproductiverights.org Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights https://reproductiverights.org/document/breaking-ground-2020-treaty-monitoring-bodies-reproductive-rights <span>Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/28/2020 - 00:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><i>Breaking Ground 2020: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights</i>summarizes the jurisprudence from United Nations treaty monitoring bodies (TMBs) on reproductive rights, particularly the standards on reproductive health information and contraception, maternal health care, and abortion. It is intended to provide treaty body experts and human rights advocates with succinct and accessible information on the standards being adopted across treaty monitoring bodies surrounding these important rights. In addition to considering non-discrimination, bodily autonomy, and social determinants of health, there are three thematic areas given particular attention: Assisted Reproductive Technology; Humanitarian Settings; and Capacity &amp; Consent.</p> <p>This booklet is the fourth edition of this publication. It includes new standards issued by TMBs on reproductive rights over the past two years, such as the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 36 on the right to life, new standards from CESCR prohibiting the exposure of pregnant women to biased and medically unsound information on abortion, and CEDAW’s recommendation that laws on surrogacy must not impose criminal or administrative sanctions on women who act as surrogates.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Image</h2> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/GLP_TMB_Booklet_Update_2019-Cover.jpg?itok=-CSOkM_o" width="160" height="220" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Breaking-Ground-2020.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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length=1108408" title="3rd US UPR - repro rights and justice stakeholder report.pdf">Joint-Submission on Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice to Third Universal Periodic Review of United States</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/funding-for-reproductive-healthcare" hreflang="en">Funding for Reproductive Healthcare</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:45:00 +0000 Anonymous 58886 at https://reproductiverights.org District Court Opinion - County of Santa Clara v. HHS https://reproductiverights.org/document/court-opinion-county-santa-clara-v-hhs <span>District Court Opinion - County of Santa Clara v. HHS</span> <div class="field field--name-field-case-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Case Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/court-opinions-orders" hreflang="en">Court Opinions &amp; Orders</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/country-santa-clara-vs-hhs" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara v. HHS</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-11/OCR%20Order.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=128016" title="OCR Order.pdf">Opinion - County of Santa Clara v. HHS</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:24:18 +0000 ehorwitz 58800 at https://reproductiverights.org Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/lambda-legal-center-for-reproductive-rights-and-americans-united-sue-trump-administration <span>Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>(PRESS RELEASE) – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Lambda Legal, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit challenging the “Denial of Care” Rule issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the <a href="/sites/default/files/2019-05/19CV-2916-Complaint.pdf">lawsuit </a>(County of Santa Clara vs. HHS), filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in coordination with Santa Clara County, the organizations are representing Trust Women Seattle, Hartford GYN, Whitman-Walker Health, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Center on Halsted, Mazzoni Center, GLMA, Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, Medical Students for Choice and various physicians. Mayer Brown, LLP is serving as pro bono counsel.<br /><br /> The new regulation invites health care workers – doctors, nurses, EMTs, administrators and clerical staff – to deny medical treatment and services to patients because of personal religious or moral beliefs. Health care facilities that do not comply risk losing federal funding. The regulation will cause mass confusion among health care providers and is completely infeasible to implement. As a result, health care facilities may do away with reproductive and LGBTQ services altogether, leaving millions without access to critical health care.<br /><br /> The lawsuit argues that the rule is unconstitutional because it advances specific religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment; violates patients’ rights to privacy, liberty and equal dignity as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment; and chills patients’ speech and expression in violation of the First Amendment, all to the detriment of patients’ health and well-being. The lawsuit also asserts that HHS violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in creating the rule by arbitrarily and capriciously failing to consider the impact on patients.<br /><br /> “The breadth of the harm this new rule will cause is impossible to exaggerate, and opens up yet another front in the Trump Administration’s assault on civil rights of minorities and already marginalized, vulnerable populations,” <strong>Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Jamie Gliksberg</strong> said. “This almost limitless invitation to discriminate will inevitably result in women, LGBT people and religious minorities facing hostile health care workers and denials of medical care at moments of greatest need, where any delay could be fatal.”<br /><br /> “Discrimination in the delivery of health care can be a matter of life or death. This new policy could threaten anyone seeking medical care in this country, but will fall particularly hard on women and LGBTQ patients,” said <strong>Nancy Northup, president &amp; CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>. “The Trump Administration is skirting Congressional approval to push through this extreme and dangerous policy. It’s a glaring violation of patients’ right to equal treatment.”<br /><br /> “The Trump administration will stop at nothing to sanction discrimination in the name of religion in every facet of our lives,” said <strong>Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United</strong>. “We will not tolerate this dangerous policy that puts the health of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and so many others in jeopardy. Our government should be protecting America’s patients, not putting their lives at risk and calling it religious freedom. The Constitution does not condone this type of grave harm to others.”<br /><br /> “This rule encourages discrimination against vulnerable patients already facing barriers to care,” said <strong>James R. Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel</strong>. “It places an enormous burden on public health care networks like the County’s, which already have robust protections in place to accommodate employees’ religious objections without compromising care to the communities we serve.”<br /><br /> The rule applies to all health care facilities that receive federal funding through HHS, which includes most hospitals. Threatened with the loss of all federal funding and facing confusing and unworkable requirements, many health care facilities will face strong incentives to do away with critical health care services for women and the LGBTQ community.<br /><br /> The rule could also lead to many LGBTQ patients not fully disclosing their identity and medical history for fear of discrimination, resulting in improper or incomplete care. While marginalized communities are the intended target, the rule is so broad that the religious objections of a health care worker could result in anyone – the elderly, children, and those in critical condition – being denied lifesaving medical care.</p> <p><strong>From The Plaintiffs:</strong></p> <p>“Hartford GYN Center has been an established community resource for families in New England for over 40 years,” said <strong>Elizabeth Barnes, President of The Women’s Centers</strong>. “We pride ourselves on providing reproductive health care – including first and second trimester abortion – that is patient-centered. Our staff are experts in the field and we are routinely referred to by area specialists, hospitals and universities. If we were to deny care or medical referrals, we would no longer serve the needs of the community who have come to depend on Hartford GYN Center thanks to our reputation based in non-judgmental and science-based care. The HHS Denial of Care rule would deliberately drive reputable health care providers away from Connecticut and would not serve patients’ best interests.”</p> <p>“We at Whitman-Walker Health stand for dignity, affirmation and respect in healthcare,” said <strong>Naseema Safi, CEO, Whitman-Walker Health</strong>. “We stand for providing the right level of care for our patients, as directed by the needs that they report to us. We stand for the evidence-based and ethically driven guidelines that are the foundation of our work. The language within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ‘Denial-of-Care’ rule has left us with only one clear option, and that was to advocate for access to health care. This is not a new position for Whitman-Walker. This is, in fact, the kind of discrimination that led to our founding.”</p> <p>“This so-called ‘conscience rights’ rule is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to codify discrimination against LGBT people, among others. It eliminates critical health care protections and puts millions of lives at risk. Moreover, it is a clear violation of civil rights laws, medical ethics, and basic human values,” said <strong>Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean</strong>. “Time and again we have stood in opposition as this Administration has levied blow after blow against the LGBT community. Now, we are taking the fight to them.”</p> <p>“Patients at Trust Women Seattle have conveyed that they have been disrespected and demeaned by other health care providers for making independent decisions about their health care, including past and present reproductive health care choices,” said <strong>Julie Burkhart, CEO of Trust Women</strong>, which operates abortion clinics in underserved areas. “Our core mission is to treat all patients with dignity and compassion and, above all, respect the autonomous choices of our patients. This mission is our central focus because we understand that many of our patients, and many patients around the country, have been marginalized in seeking needed medical services.”</p> <p>"Like all Americans, LGBT people deserve high-quality health care. Unfortunately, the LGBT community experiences challenges when it comes to accessing high-quality health care, leading to significant health disparities and worsened health outcomes,” said <strong>Adrian Shanker, Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center</strong> in Allentown, PA. “These health challenges will be exacerbated due to the HHS Denial-of-Care Rule. This is especially true in small, under-served cities and rural communities like the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where we are located. That's why Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is suing the Trump administration. We cannot stand by and allow such an ill-considered rule to go into effect while the health of our community suffers."</p> <p>"The Denial of Care rule strikes at the very core of GLMA’s mission by encouraging discrimination in healthcare against LGBTQ people, people living with HIV and women, all of whom already face frequent and pervasive discrimination when seeking healthcare,” said <strong>Hector Vargas, Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality.</strong> “The Denial of Care rule also stands in direct conflict with the Joint Commission and the major medical and health professional associations representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers that have adopted standards to ensure all patients, including LGBTQ patients, are treated with respect and without bias and discrimination. The rule endangers the lives of LGBTQ people by putting their health at risk and must be invalidated immediately.”</p> <p>“Center on Halsted is committed to the right to bodily autonomy, whether for a transgender individual seeking healthcare or a person seeking reproductive healthcare,” said <strong>Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Valle</strong>. “We have fought long and hard for the rights of LGBTQ people to live free from harm, particularly when the systems that should be providing safety nets fail us. This is one of those times. This Denial-of-Care Rule is the latest in attacks on the LGBTQ community by the current administration. Center on Halsted will do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Our community deserves better from our government institutions.”</p> <p>“Medical Students for Choice is challenging the Denial of Care Rule because this rule will negatively impact our members’ ability to receive the education they will need to adequately care for their patients, greatly harming the quality of care everyone will receive from all future doctors nationwide,” said <strong>Lois Backus, executive director of Medical Students for Choice</strong>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>PRESS CONTACTS:</strong></p> <p>Center for Reproductive Rights: Kelly Krause, 917-637-3649, <a href="mailto:kkrause@reprorights.org">kkrause@reprorights.org</a><br /> Americans United: Tali Israeli, 202-466-3234, <a href="mailto:israeli@au.org">israeli@au.org</a><br /> ; Lambda Legal: Tom Warnke, 213-841-4503, <a href="mailto:twarnke@lambdalegal.org">twarnke@lambdalegal.org</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>About the Center for Reproductive Rights</strong><br /> Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive health and autonomy. The Center’s groundbreaking court cases have expanded access to safe abortion, birth control and maternal healthcare in the U.S. and across the globe.<br /><br /><strong>About Lambda Legal</strong><br /> Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.<br /><br /><strong>About Americans United for Separation of Church and State</strong><br /> Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/country-santa-clara-vs-hhs" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara v. HHS</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/county-of-santa-clara-vs-hhs-complaint" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara vs. HHS: Complaint</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/sex-education" hreflang="en">Sex Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/medical-education" hreflang="en">Medical Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 28 May 2019 18:01:19 +0000 jmccabe 58534 at https://reproductiverights.org