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Maura Healey sues Trump over birth control coverage


Massachusetts dove headfirst into another legal confrontation with the Trump administration Friday, as Attorney General Maura Healey sued the federal government over newly issued rules giving employers the right to deny women birth control coverage by claiming religious or moral objections.

Hours after the US Department of Health and Human Services issued the two new rules, Healey filed a complaint in US District Court in Boston seeking to block them, charging that they violate both the establishment and the equal protection clauses of the Constitution.

“This is about taking away women’s access to birth control under the guise of religious liberty,” Healey told reporters during a conference call. The suit charges that the new rules “promote the religious freedom of corporations over the autonomy of women.”


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