//  6/11/17  //  Topic Update


The full text of the administration’s proposed rules on contraceptive coverage is now available (Religion Clause).

  • The document can be found here.
  • On Take Care, Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel argue that the administration’s invoking conscience to block the contraceptive mandate is contrary to the U.S. religious liberty tradition.
  • Also on Take Care, Nelson Tebbe, Micah Schwartzman, and Richard Schragger offer an in-depth analysis of the administration’s effort to undermine the mandate, arguing that it is an affront to women and to the Constitution.
  • Louise Melling of the ACLU explains why the draft rule on contraceptive coverage is “frightening.”
  • Activists with close ties to the current administration are using propaganda films in an effort to pressure the Department of Justice to investigation Planned Parenthood (Rewire).
  • At Rewire, Imani Grandy, Brie Shea, and Jessica Mason Pieklo provide a timeline of increasing efforts to restrict second-trimester abortions.

Senior Democrats are circulating a memo outlining certain Health and Human Services officials’ “misinformation about reproductive health care” (Rewire).

The AHCA and President Trump’s proposed budget would decimate Planned Parenthood funding (WaPo).

Abstinence-only advocate Valerie Huber has been tapped for a key Department of Health and Human Services positionreports Martha Kempner (Rewire).


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.