Derek Reinbold  //  4/16/17  //  Topic Update


President Trump signed into law a bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood in particular, that allows states to deny funding to Title X clinics (NYT).

  • The new law threatens to deny access to quality, affordable health care for millions, argues Christine Grimaldi (Rewire).
  • ICYMI: Leah Litman analyzed possible legal challenges to the bill last week for Take Care.
  • A congressional bill, H.J. Res 43, that has now passed both chambers of Congress will hurt access to public health, argues the ACLU.

Health and Human Services may effectively eliminate contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act through redefining what constitutes women’s preventative services, argues Christine Grimaldi (Rewire).

President Trump’s appointment of Roger Severino to head the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights sparks outrage (Rewire)

  • Twelve U.S. Senators asked Secretary Tom Price how Severino is qualified to lead the Office of Civil Rights given his history of discriminatory statements (Washington Blade).

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

A year after President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule, banning U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortion, advocacy groups report significant harms to health services. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Texas argues in court that undocumented women seeking abortions have no substantive due process rights. The Trump Administration maintains its blanket policy and prevents another undocumented minor from getting an abortion.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Another federal judge blocked a Trump Administration executive order that would allow employers with religious objections to refuse employee's contraceptive coverage as a part of healthcare plans. A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses.