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. "This provides an exemption, a limited one, for those with religious or moral convictions implicated by the contraceptive mandate", an official for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news briefing, according to Vox.
The most effective way to reduce unintended pregnancy is through removing barriers to highly effective birth control.
"Most pharmacies offer generic birth control pills between $20 and $30 a month, so it's an affordable option if you don't have insurance coverage", Trandem explained, "Pharmacies do differ on their generic options, so it's important to call around and check different pharmacies".
"The federal government - under the direction of the Trump Administration - broke the law and undermined the health and economic independence of American women", Shapiro said in a release announcing the filing.
The Catholic Action League of MA praised Trump for "keeping his campaign promise to defend religious freedom." "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.
When Obamacare was originally passed, it allowed certain religiously-affiliated organizations exemption from the mandate.
The issue has received positive feedback from Republicans, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) who hailed the decision as a "landmark day for religious liberty". Lawsuits have also been filed in MA and California halting the legislation from being implemented on the basis that it violates the First Amendment regarding the government's respect of establishment of religion.
Other states, including Washington and California, also have sued the Trump administration over the new rules.
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 rules result in women having less access to reproductive health care, which is discrimination based on their gender".