State sues over new birth control decision

President Donald Trump Announce To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

President Donald Trump Announce To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

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. 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.

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.

"The Trump administration's actions are a direct attack on women's health and the right to access affordable and reliable contraception", she said.

That's how the Obama administration found itself in the odious position of fighting an order of Catholic nuns (among others) who felt their objection to artificial contraception should exempt them from having to pay for free birth control for their employees. Hundreds of thousands of women receive free contraceptives through employers' insurance plans as part of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

"The constitution doesn't let him do what he is doing, which is basically to respect one religious belief, above all else", Borchelt said.

From 2011 to 2014, out-of-pocket spending on birth control in MA dropped 81 percent, according to the state's Health Policy Commission.
Conservative groups, which for years have fought the birth control mandate, celebrated Trump's directive as a victory.

But birth control medications are used for reasons that go far beyond simply preventing pregnancy.

Doyle also took a shot at Healey for challenging the rule in court, saying she "believes that Catholics have no right to choose when it comes subsidizing other people's birth control". In Massachusetts, insurers and advocates have worked on legislation that, if it becomes law, will serve as a work-around.