SEATTLE - On Monday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the Trump Administration's news rules undermining women's access to contraception.
The new rules would allow any company to deny coverage for contraceptive services to its female employees based on religious grounds. Additionally, certain types of organizations would also be able to deny this coverage on moral grounds.
A letter from the office of AG Ferguson states, “If allowed to go forward, President Trump’s rules could have a significant impact on the more than 1.5 million Washington workers and their dependents who receive insurance through their employer’s self-funded plan. One study by the Center for American Progress found that contraception costs can generally exceed $1,000 a year without insurance coverage.”
State-funded reproductive health services helped more than 90,000 patients in 2016 alone.
More than three-quarters of those patients were women who used contraception, saving the state an estimated $160 million in maternal and birth-related costs, according to a report from the Washington State Department of Health.
“President Trump’s contraception rules are unfair, unlawful, and unconstitutional,” said Ferguson. “I refuse to let President Trump disregard our laws and our constitution in an effort to deny women access to contraception.”
Also in the aforementioned letter from Ferguson's office, it is stated that President Trump's contraception rules “violate two constitutional provisions –– the First and Fifth Amendments.”
In 2017, the Attorney General’s Office has prevailed four times against the Trump Administration. Every court to have issued a decision has ruled in favor of the Washington Attorney General’s Office in cases it has brought against the Trump Administration.
The entire release from the Attorney General's office can be found here.