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

New York and at least a dozen other states are suing to stop President Trump from cancelling Obamacare payments to insurance companies Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Sues Trump Administration Over New Contraception Rules
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2017, 19:26

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the lawsuit Wednesday, saying the new rules are breaking the law and undermining women's health. Hundreds of thousands of women receive free contraceptives through employers' insurance plans as part of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

Other states, including Washington and California, also have sued the Trump administration over the new rules. Among those FDA-approved methods is the morning-after pill, which some religious conservatives call an abortion drug even though scientists say it has no effect on pregnant women. Asked about court challenges during a briefing Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the new rules are legal.

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. Those who insist that free birth control is some kind of constitutional right were the ones who dragged private employers and the federal government into the conversation to begin with.

But Ferguson said it violates the First Amendment, because it requires individuals to bear the burden of religions to which they don't belong, as well as the equal-protection requirements of the Fifth Amendment, because it affects women but not men.

"As a result of these abuses, which replace evidence-based science and medical reasoning with political calculation, millions of women could be penalized and denied needed contraceptive care against the advice of science, public health and medical professionals", Shapiro said.

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. "Some women for health reasons need to take birth control, like women with endometriosis, and other serious health conditions".

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