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


Pennsylvania is suing President Donald Trump over his decision to let more employers claiming religious or moral objections opt-out of providing no-cost birth control.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued the Trump Administration on Wednesday, challenging its rollback of an Obamacare mandate that requires insurance companies to cover birth control without a co-pay.

Shapiro argues that the decision violates the 5th Amendment, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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. Shapiro said those "illegal rules" threaten the health coverage of 2.5 million women because of broader exceptions that would allow any employer the ability to refuse contraceptive services for employees, effectively increasing the costs of health care for the women. In addition, an estimated 762,000 women who take a birth control pill (7 percent) have never had sex, according to the study, which was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization.

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"President Trump's contraception rules are unfair, unlawful, and unconstitutional", Ferguson said in a news release. "This provides an exemption, a limited one, for those with religious or moral convictions implicated by the contraceptive mandate", an official for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news briefing, according to Vox.

"People still have the right to purchase as much contraception as they want", he said.

Women's health care advocates are pressuring the Massachusetts Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker to approve state-level protections so that women don't lose coverage.