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AG sues Trump, administration over new birth control policy

13 October 2017

"Attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, so now this shameful Trump Administration is taking a back-door approach to limit access to basic health care", Steinberg said. "Some women for health reasons need to take birth control, like women with endometriosis, and other serious health conditions".

Research done by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that because of Obamacare's contraceptive coverage mandate, the number of women paying out-of-pocket for oral contraceptives dropped from over 21 percent to just 3 percent in the last three years.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro is continuing his push back against the Trump administration's decisions by filing a lawsuit over the administration's decision to end guaranteed contraceptive coverage for women.

Additionally, Healey said the new policy will force more MA women onto MassHealth -- the state's beleaguered Medicaid program -- to get birth control coverage, thus placing a financial burden on the state. Denial of essential health coverage based on an employer's religious or moral beliefs is yet another attack on reproductive freedom in this country.

The Catholic Action League of MA praised Trump for "keeping his campaign promise to defend religious freedom."
"No one has a moral or a constitutional right to demand that someone else pay for their contraceptives, abortifacients or sterilizations", said C.J. Doyle, the group's spokesman. However, this new change in regulation loosens the binds on the definition of "religious affiliation" and opens the gates for any employer to deny their employees full healthcare coverage. However, the new ruling is receiving bite-back from across the aisle.

In response, the attorneys general of California, Washington, and MA filed suit.

Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General, has joined the action stating that the new rules violate the first amendment by "requiring individuals to bear the burdens of religions to which they do not belong".

Healey filed the legal challenge in U.S. District Court in Boston, contending the president's decision "discriminates against women and denies equal protection under the law by allowing employers to assert religious beliefs as a justification for denying critical benefits, while leaving coverage for men unchanged".

It also alleges the regulations violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Administrative Procedure Act.

AG sues Trump, administration over new birth control policy