Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017
Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire argues that the Administration's actions have not ended litigation challenging the ACA's birth control benefit.
Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017
There was much analysis of the Administration's proposed rule on contraceptive coverage after the full document was made public.
Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017
The Trump administration proposed a rule that would undermine the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. Meanwhile, an advocate argued against framing abortion as an economic issue.
Trump’s Latest Affront To Women, and to the Constitution
A draft of the Trump Administration's revised contraception mandate has been leaked. If implemented, this policy would weaken civil rights for women. Moreover, the plan could violate the Establishment Clause by providing a religious accommodation for some private citizens only by shifting costs to others who may not share their beliefs.
The New Contraception Rule Is Procedurally Flawed
The Trump Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a massive expansion of the program that provides employers and exemption from providing their employees with contraceptive coverage. But they have not sought notice-and-comment on the rule, and that could be a major problem.
Deep Problems with the Proposed Executive Order on Religious Freedom
It's rumored that tomorrow, Trump will issue an executive order on "religious freedom," singling out for protection only traditional and conservative religious views on sex, marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy. That order will most certainly raise grave constitutional issues under the Establishment Clause.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
The recent law allowing states to pull funding from organizations such as Planned Parenthood will particularly hurt undocumented women. And the march for science represents a march for reproductive justice against unscientific TRAP laws and crisis pregnancy centers.
H.J. Res. 43 As A Health Care Bill
The Democrats have accepted the Republicans’ framing of a bill that would be used to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s a mistake.
Legal Challenges To H.J. Res 43
The Republicans’ bill to arbitrarily deny grants to family planning programs could be challenged in several ways.
The Story Thus Far: Reproductive Rights
The Trump Administration has already taken extraordinary steps to undermine reproductive rights. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Thursday removing a procedural obstacle to repealing Obama-era Title X family planning funding. A proposed executive order aimed at religious liberty has profound constitutional infirmities.
Updates | The Week of April 3, 2017
This week on Take Care, Leah Litman offered analysis of H.J. Res. 43, the bill that would allow states to deny federal grants to women's health care programs. Other commentators looked to the future of reproductive freedom under the Trump administration.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
This week, President Trump signed into law a bill that allows states to deny funding to Title X clinics. Leah Litman offered analysis of possible legal challenges to the bill on Take Care.