In summary

The state of California hopes to pause Trump administrations rules that allow employers to opt out of birth control coverage through company health insurance plans.

The state of California filed a petition yesterday seeking to pause new Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage through employee insurance.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking for a nationwide injunction on the rule. In October, Becerra sued the administration over the rule, claiming it is discriminatory and violates the First Amendment because employers can use religious reasons to deny benefits.

“A woman’s birth control and health decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor—not by her employer and not by politicians,” Becerra said yesterday in a statement.

Last week, attorneys general in Virginia, New York, Maryland and Delaware joined Becerra’s lawsuit.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance is required to cover birth control.

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Elizabeth Aguilera is an award-winning multimedia journalist who covers health and social services for CalMatters. She joined CalMatters in 2016 from Southern California Public Radio/KPCC 89.3 where she...