State sues over new birth control decision

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State sues over new birth control decision

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.

Trump's administration issued the new rules October 6, allowing a broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.

Healey filed the legal challenge in U.S. District Court in Boston, contending the president's decision "discriminates against women and denies equal protection under the law by allowing employers to assert religious beliefs as a justification for denying critical benefits, while leaving coverage for men unchanged".

Right now, under the Affordable Care Act, birth control is considered preventative care, and insurers had to provide full coverage of contraceptives to women, no matter the cost.

Many women also take a birth control pill for both contraceptive and noncontraceptive reasons.

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She says women can also reach out to organizations like Planned Parenthood that help women access low or no-cost birth control and family planning services.

That's what makes the "hands off my birth control" mantra so absurd.

"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. 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.

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

The National Women's Law Center estimated that the contraception requirement saved women $1.4 billion on oral contraceptives costs in 2013.

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