Dems sue Trump over new religious liberty protections

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The federal government is no longer trying to force nuns to pay for birth control. So naturally, the Democratic attorneys general in California and Massachusetts have sued the Trump administration.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Friday calling the rollback, “a direct attack on women’s health and the right to access affordable and reliable contraception.’’ California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted: “We’ll see the Trump administration in court.”

A number of organizations have announced plans to join the legal challenges, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women’s Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a briefing with reporters Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to questions about reversing the mandate, saying, “The president believes that the freedom to practice one’s faith is a fundamental right in this country, and I think all of us do. And that’s all that today was about — our federal government should always protect that right. And as long as Donald Trump is president, he will.”

 

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