TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says it will sue President Donald Trump’s administration over its decision to roll back birth control mandate issued by the Obama administration under the Affordable Care Act.
The ACLU argues in its lawsuit that the rule, which took effect immediately, violates the US Constitution by promoting discrimination against women seeking reproductive care.
The attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, and attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, filed lawsuits to block the new rules.
Both said the rules violated the First Amendment, which bars government action “respecting an establishment of religion.”
The attorneys general from Virginia and Oregon also said they were looking into legal options to fight the move.
The Center for Reproductive Rights said it is "prepared to fight these discriminatory and unconstitutional restrictions in court."
But some conservatives and religious groups welcomed the new rules, saying it would allow them to live out their religious beliefs. The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns, said it would make them “morally complicit in grave sin.”
The Trump administration on Friday rolled back a federal requirement that employers must include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.
The twin actions, by the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, were meant to carry out a promise issued by Trump five months ago, when he announced in the White House that “we will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”
More than 55 million women in the US can obtain birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive insurance coverage mandate. Under the new regulations, hundreds of thousands of women could lose those benefits.
The contraceptive coverage mandate was issued in 2012 by the administration of former President Barack Obama under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.