ACLU leads lawsuit against Trump administration over birth control rollback
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s decision to amend the requirements under Obamacare, that employers (apart from houses of worship) provide insurance to cover their female employees’ contraception, on Friday.
BREAKING: We're suing the Trump administration to block new rules allowing employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control. pic.twitter.com/nDT9QE0n8y— ACLU (@ACLU) October 6, 2017
“Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people,” wrote Sessions in the statement announcing the change effective immediately.
“President Trump promised that this administration would ‘lead by example on religious liberty,’ and he is delivering on that promise,” Sessions added.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court, also Friday, citing constitutional and procedural claims against the amendment, along with several other human rights groups.
The union lambasted the change as “part of an all-out assault on women’s health by the Trump administration,” on Twitter.
Democratic state attorneys general have also pledged to take legal action against the decision, according to Reuters.
Hundreds of thousands of women could lose their birth control benefits as a result of the rule change, reports the NY Times. A previous study by the Obama administration found more than 55 million women were benefiting from the coverage mandate.