Progress Virginia Celebrates Herring Suit Against Trump Birth Control Mandate Roll Back

Attorney General Mark Herring today joined four other states to stop Trump’s attacks on birth control access

Richmond, Virginia—Progress Virginia applauds Attorney General Mark Herring for standing up for women and filing a lawsuit today to challenge the Trump Administration’s roll back of the birth control insurance coverage mandate that is a signature part of the Affordable Care Act.

“Mark Herring knows that women deserve the right to decide how and when to start a family, and as Attorney General, he has been a champion for reproductive rights,” said Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia. “We applaud Attorney General Herring for standing up for women everywhere by pushing back against Donald Trump’s attempts to limit women’s access to basic health care like birth control. Virginians need an Attorney General who will champion our health care needs and stand up to anti-woman zealots, like John Adams and Donald Trump.”

In contrast, Herring’s opponent in Tuesday’s election, John Adams, has repeatedly attacked Virginia women’s access to affordable birth control. Adams paved the way for this policy change by twice intervening in Supreme Court cases seeking to roll back the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act. He filed amicus briefs in both the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell cases advocating for employers to be able to restrict their employees’ access to reproductive health care. 77% of women and 64% of men support no-cost contraceptive coverage. One study estimated that women saved more than $1.4 billion dollars per year due to the mandate. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.

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