California sues President Trump over birth control

Planned Parenthood and others react to President Trump's ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing birth control if they cite moral or religious objections. (Oct. 6, 2017)

It did not take long for California to push back over the latest Trump administration ruling. 

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday afternoon that California has sued the president in federal court over their ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing birth control if they cite moral or religious objections. 

"What group of Americans will they target next?" said Becerra. 

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in 2014 involving home decor chain Hobby Lobby serves as precedent of sorts for today's ruling. In that case, the high court ruled that "for-profit corporations" are exempt from providing birth control if they have a religious objection. 

But, U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, said birth control is simply good policy. 

"Whether you're pro-choice or anti-choice, nobody thinks we should have unintended pregnancies," said Bera. 

Cheri Greven with Planned Parenthood said they also weren't surprised for the new ruling.

"We've seen a number of things in the Trump administration, trying to roll back restrictions for women," said Greven.

Wynette Sills, Director of Californians for Life, was lobbying with a group against abortion on the same day. For her, the main issue is abortion not contraception, but she felt the ruling was needed.

"[The former ruling] is a contradiction of our American freedoms and liberties, one of which is religious freedom," said Sills. "By overturning the mandate, it gives the liberty and freedom and choice for the employer to decide."

Still, both Greven and Sills don't feel the federal ruling will have a great impact on women in California.

"Thankfully, the state of California has already passed legislation protecting women in California from the decision today," said Greven. 

"The reality in California, there is no lack of access due to state legislature," said Sills. "We are in a pro-abortion, pro-contraceptive state."

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