Statement from AG Tong on Federal Preliminary Injunction in ACA Contraception Case
Attorney General William Tong today issued the following statement on the order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granting a preliminary injunction that prevents the federal Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing proposed rules that would have allowed employers to opt out of Affordable Care Act provisions that require women's contraceptive coverage. The injunction, which will remain in effect until the court rules on the states' request for a permanent injunction, applies to 13 states – including Connecticut – and the District of Columbia:
"I welcome the court's decision to issue a preliminary injunction at this time, which demonstrates the strength of the states' case and our likelihood of succeeding on the merits. The healthcare choices that women make are decisions that should belong to each individual woman and her doctor, not her employer or the federal government. This effort to deny access to basic women's healthcare is yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to roll back women's rights and Connecticut won't stand for it. I will continue to work in partnership with California and other states on this case to ensure that women's ability to get the quality care that they need and deserve is protected under our law."
Jaclyn M. Severance