The Trump administration’s plan to roll back a requirement for employers toinclude birth control in their health insurance plans is anunconstitutional endorsement of religion, a group of 19 Democraticstate attorneys general said.

Allowing employers with religious or moral objections tocontraception to block their employees from receiving coverageviolates the constitutional separation of church and state andencourages illegal workplace discrimination against women, thestates said in a brief filed Tuesday in federal court inPhiladelphia. More than 55 million women in the U.S. have access tobirth control with no out-of-pocket costs through the AffordableCare Act, the states said.

President Donald Trump has ratcheted up America’s culture warsince his election victory, targeting access to contraception andboosting the rights of religious employers. Several lawsuit werefiled against the proposed contraception rules, including asuits by the American Civil Liberties Union andMassachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Healey is leading thegroup that filed the brief is Pennsylvania’s lawsuit, after thejudge in that case asked for interested parties to weigh in.

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