Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Sues Trump Administration Over New Contraception Rules

President Donald Trump Announce To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

President Donald Trump Announce To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

Hundreds of thousands of women receive free contraceptives through employers' insurance plans as part of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

But despite this, there have been prolonged efforts from those opposed to the 2012 mandate, including a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed for-profit companies to shift birth control coverage costs to insurance companies, but still prevented any out of pocket costs.

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.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined a list of law enforcement officials from across the country and women's groups in filing a lawsuit Wednesday against the Trump administration over the new contraceptive rules.

The Catholic Action League of MA praised Trump for "keeping his campaign promise to defend religious freedom".

Trump's administration issued the new rules October 6, allowing a broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds. They had to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of their objection, and the government would arrange for their insurer to provide coverage directly, without a co-pay and without the employers' involvement.

When Obamacare was originally passed, it allowed certain religiously-affiliated organizations exemption from the mandate.

The lawsuit claims the new rules deny women equal protection under the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment and violate the First Amendment by elevating employers' religious beliefs over the constitutional rights of women. Lawsuits have also been filed in MA and California halting the legislation from being implemented on the basis that it violates the First Amendment regarding the government's respect of establishment of religion.

Several states have filed suit against President Donald Trump's new executive order on birth control.

In fact, it is that notion expressed by Healey - that only by having access to no-cost contraception are women able to "care for" themselves - that got the nation into this mess.

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