The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s attack on affordable birth control from taking effect in California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and New York.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra took the lead in the case. “A woman’s health decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor – not her employer or politicians,” said Becerra. “Congress made clear that all women and their families have the right to access cost-free birth control under the ACA. The Trump Administration’s rules attempt to trample these rights, with no regard for public comment or the rule of law. Today’s decision is an important step to protect a woman’s right to access cost-free birth control and make independent decisions about her own reproductive healthcare.”

Last year, the Trump administration released sweeping new rules that went into effect immediately to cut back the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee for birth control coverage with no out-of-pocket costs. In addition to yesterday’s order, a nationwide injunction out of a Pennsylvania federal court on the same rule remains in place.

“This is a win for reproductive health care,” said Dr. Leana Wen, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “As a doctor, I go by the data – nearly nine in ten women will use birth control at some point in their lives, and we are at the lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years. Birth control is health care – critical health care that allows people to lead the life they want.

“We’ve made tremendous gains in this country with expanded access to birth control, and we must continue to build on that progress. Too many people still face barriers to health care, especially young people, people of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes.

“The Trump-Pence Administration should follow science and evidence, and stop trying to roll back access to health care and reproductive rights. At Planned Parenthood, we won’t stop fighting for our patients’ access to care – no matter what,” Wen said.

Data shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe women should have birth control coverage and think women should be able to get birth control coverage through their health insurance even if their bosses morally disagree with the idea of birth control. This puts the Trump Administration in direct opposition with the overwhelming majority of voters.