The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration arguing that their rollback of contraceptive coverage is religiously motivated discrimination against women.
The ACLU confirmed the lawsuit in a press release:
The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit today against the Trump Administration challenging interim final rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies that would allow nearly all employers (except publicly traded companies) to deny their employees insurance coverage for contraception if the employer has a religious or moral objection.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of members of the ACLU and Service Employee International Union-United Health Care Workers West (SEIU-UHW) who are at risk of losing their contraception coverage because of where they work or where they go to school.
The choice to use religious freedom as an excuse to discriminate against women will be at the center of the lawsuit.
“The Trump Administration is forcing women to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs,” said ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri. “We’re filing this lawsuit because the federal government cannot authorize discrimination against women in the name of religion or otherwise.”
After each Trump failure, it has become common for the administration to do something to try to shore up their base of support. The new rule on contraception should be viewed as the White House’s response to their inability to get the votes to repeal Obamacare.
The Trump administration is sinking, and they are doing everything that they can to hold on to the 34% of Americans who still support the president, but just like everything else Trump has done as president, his latest attack on both women and Obamacare has a good chance of failing.