California sues over rollback of contraception mandate

State attorney general says new policy discriminates against women

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

California sued the Trump administration Friday, claiming it unlawfully discriminated against women in its decision to limit an Obama-era rulethat requires employers to provide for contraceptives in their health insurance plans.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco says the new rules jeopardize the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide coverage of birth control for employees with no out-of-pocket costs, according to state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who filed the lawsuit seeking to block the change.

The lawsuit also alleges the rule changes violate the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause because they allow employers to use religious beliefs as a right to discriminate against employees to deny them a federally entitled health benefit.

Becerra has filed more than two dozen legal actions challenging policy changes by President Trump since the Republican entered the White House in January.

Full story at LA Times

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  1. CA Atty. General Xavier Becerra fancies himself a Catholic. Between fighting for abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality and contraception, this man hugs evil at every turn. Archbishop Gomez should rebuke him but instead praises his immigration stance. What the archbishop overlooks, The Lord will not.

  2. John Patrick says:

    Total waste of time, money of taxpayers and insanely hateful to religion for whom he has no respect

  3. Joel Fago says:

    What about discrimination against unborn babies?

  4. The sexual anarchists cannot stand the fact that they lost

  5. John Patrick says:

    Not fighting for children or the pre-born that is for certain.

  6. What about discrimination against the Church? This lawsuit is so absurd. I’m sure birth control is available to any woman through public welfare facilities without need for insurance.

  7. Ivy League says:

    Can the government pay for my blood pressure tablets please?

  8. I would respectfully question the availability of prescription birth control via welfare facilities to women employed at many, if not most jobs. My understanding is these women earn too much to qualify for free ‘welfare’ services. Thus, these women have a strong financial incentive to seek birth control coverage via employer funded insurance coverage. The secular employment market will have a major influence on this matter.

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