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California is suing the Trump administration for rolling back birth control benefit

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 20:00:42-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California is suing the Trump administration for allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming moral or religious objections.

Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Friday in federal court in San Francisco. It was one of several such suits by states and contraception advocates.

He acted the same day the Republican administration announced new rules giving employers more discretion as part of a broader rollback of the Affordable Care Act.

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The lawsuit says the rules violate the Constitution by allowing employers to use their religious beliefs to justify discrimination and to deny women equal protection. 

It says the administration violated federal law by acting without allowing for public comment and without providing a proper legal or factual basis for the change.