Donald Trump has just been sued by Washington’s attorney general Bob Ferguson (D) over his administration’s decision to rollback an ObamaCare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.
“President Trump’s contraception rules are unfair, unlawful, and unconstitutional,” Ferguson said in a statement. “I refuse to let President Trump disregard our laws and our constitution in an effort to deny women access to contraception.”
Ferguson claims that the administration’s new rules violate the First Amendment by “requiring individuals to bear the burdens of religions to which they do not belong.” He also believes the rule violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment.
But not only that, according to Ferguson, the new rules also violate the Civil Rights Act.
“The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination against women based on sex or the capacity to be pregnant,” the statement read. “The rules result in women having less access to reproductive health care, which is discrimination based on their gender.”
Ferguson has become the second state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the administration’s new rule. He joins California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D).