Pelosi Statement on Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Contraception Case

April 8, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after joining a bicameral amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the cases of Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania arguing against the Trump Administration’s expansive rule allowing private employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage for their employees, in violation of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirement:

“The Trump Administration’s despicable rule allowing private employers and health plans to deny women coverage for contraception is an outrageous attack on women’s health, women’s pocketbooks and women’s independence. 

“While our nation faces an unprecedented health crisis, the Administration continues to fight to take away every woman’s right to the critical, comprehensive care that they and their families need.  At the same time, the Trump Administration continues to support the outrageous GOP lawsuit to dismantle the entirety of the Affordable Care Act including lifesaving protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.  And as coronavirus poses a growing threat to all Americans, the Administration is ignoring the health experts by refusing to reopen ACA enrollment of health coverage to millions of uninsured workers and families.

“House Democrats are committed to upholding the ACA and its critical protections for women and families.  We will continue to oppose any actions by the Trump Administration that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of the American people as we work tirelessly to combat this deadly virus and ensure that everyone receives the care and support needed to stay healthy.”