BY LISA DUNN | OCTOBER 24, 2017
When she told President Donald Trump around the time of his inauguration that she would see him in court, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey meant it. It only took her three days to file her first lawsuit against the president. And unlike others who may be trying to find compromises on things like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Healey stands out, because she’s not willing to give an inch. Especially not when it comes to the Trump administration’s recent decision to roll back an Affordable Care Act (ACA) birth control mandate covering upwards 62 million women, a move made under the guise of religious freedom.
Which is why she’s suing. Again.
On Oct. 6, Healey filed a complaint to stop the new birth control regulation, which would allow any employer or insurer to deny birth control coverage under the umbrella of religious or moral objection.
“This is just the latest example of an administration that is out of control and won’t hesitate to break the law to engage in unconstitutional actions in order to further and enact a reckless and misguided agenda,” she says.
Reckless and misguided?
Oh, that’s just the beginning.
While she’s busy fighting the federal government, the straight-talking AG is also working for her state. She is concurrently advocating for a Massachusetts bill called Contraceptive ACCESS, which, if passed, will guarantee low- or no-cost birth control access for Massachusetts women. “The ACCESS bill,” she says, “is an important step in ensuring that every woman, regardless of her economic status has affordable and reliable access to the birth control that is best for her.”
ACCESS is likely to pass, and with it, Massachusetts women will be protected. So why sue the federal government on top of everything else?
“I’m going to stand up for the 1.4 million women in Massachusetts and the more than 55 million women in the United States who have access to birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” she says.
Healey took the time to discuss reproductive rights, the Trump administration, and holding the line in trying times with Elite Daily.
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