California sues federal government over birth control decision

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is challenging the current administration's decision to end the ACA's birth control mandate.

"Donald Trump wants businesses and corporations to control family planning decisions rather than a woman in consultation with her doctor. These anti-women's health regulations prove once again that the Trump Administration is willing to trample on people's rights," Mr. Becerra said in announcing his challenge. "What group of Americans will they target next? Will they allow businesses to deny you cancer treatment? Will they exclude you from insurance coverage because of a pre-existing health condition? The California Department of Justice will fight to protect every woman's right to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare. We'll see the Trump Administration in court."

Earlier this month, the Trump administration filed two rules in the Federal Register, immediately rolling back the ACA's birth control mandate, allowing employers to opt out of covering contraception as part of preventive health benefits based on religious belief or moral conviction. Mr. Becerra, who filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks an injunction to prevent implementation of the rules.

Read the full complaint here.


Editor's note: Emily Rappleye contributed to this piece.


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