Washington state sues over Trump birth-control rules

AG Bob Ferguson says the administration's actions violate the First Amendment

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state said it is suing President Donald Trump over his decision to let more employers claiming religious or moral objections opt-out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

Bob Ferguson
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters Friday, Feb. 3, 2017(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who successfully sued to block Trump’s initial travel ban early this year, announced his latest lawsuit on Monday, just three days after the new rules were issued.

Trump’s policy is designed to roll back parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, which required that most companies cover birth control as preventive care for women, at no additional cost.

Ferguson says the administration’s actions violate the First Amendment, because it requires individuals to bear the burden of religions to which they don’t belong, and the equal protection requirements of the Fifth Amendment, because it applies to women but not men.