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ACLU, Women's Groups File, Threaten Lawsuits Over Trump Birth Control Ruling

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By    |   Friday, 06 October 2017 03:21 PM

The ACLU and several women's groups have filed lawsuits or are threatening to do so over the Trump administration's decision to give business owners the right to deny their employees birth control coverage in health insurance plans because of religious or moral reasons.

The ACLU said in a press release it has already filed a lawsuit against the executive branch after the Department of Health and Human Services that announced Friday it is rolling back Obamacare rules that required all employer health plans to include free birth control for women.

"The Trump Administration is forcing women to pay for their boss's religious beliefs," ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri said. "We're filing this lawsuit because the federal government cannot authorize discrimination against women in the name of religion or otherwise."

The ACLU lawsuit was filed in concert with the Service Employee International Union-United Health Care Workers West (SEIU-UHW).

"With the stroke of a pen, the Trump administration has shamelessly attempted to rip away the rights of untold numbers of women to receive essential healthcare, under the warped facade of 'religious freedom,'" SEIU-UHW president Dave Regan said.

The National Women's Law Center also denounced the Trump administration's move and threatened to file its own lawsuit:

National Women's Law Center president and CEO Fatima Goss Graves added in a press release, "Today's outrageous rules by the Trump Administration show callous disregard for women's rights, health, and autonomy."

Other groups announced their opposition to the new rule:

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The ACLU and several women's groups have filed lawsuits or are threatening to do so over the Trump administration's decision to give business owners the right to deny their employees birth control coverage in health insurance plans because of religious or moral reasons.
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