Lawsuit Update!

We are elated to announce that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has ruled that our lawsuit against the Trump-Pence administration and the University of Notre Dame will go forward. This is a momentous step in restoring comprehensive and affordable access to reproductive healthcare for everyone with insurance through the University of Notre Dame.

In February 2018, Notre Dame entered into a secretive deal with the Trump-Pence administration to impose unnecessary and burdensome costs on us and restrict our reproductive healthcare options to methods deemed acceptable by Fr. Jenkins’s coterie of advisors. Certain forms of IUDs and emergency contraception are not covered at all by University insurance plans, putting survivors of sexual assault and people experiencing intimate partner violence especially at risk. In direct violation of the Affordable Care Act, we now incur costs for all office visits, medications, and devices associated with reproductive health. 

We are honored to further announce that I4RH will be recognized as the 2020 Students of the Year by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State for our work to ensure that everyone has access to a full range of birth control options. Americans United has invited us to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a panel discussion about our work in March. We are gratefully accepting contributions to support the cost of attending this event. 

No one at Notre Dame–and no one anywhere–should have to choose between what is right for their body and life and what they can afford. 

We are deeply grateful to the National Women’s Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Americans United for the Center of Church and State for their representation, advocacy, and tireless efforts. 

Thank you for supporting Irish 4 Reproductive Health in our work to make our community at Notre Dame safer, more inclusive, and more just. 
In solidarity, 

I4RH

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