BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has tossed the Massachusetts attorney general’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration over rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday. Gorton said the state lacks standing to sue.
Healey said in a statement that she’s disappointed in the decision but remains committed to ensuring “affordable and reliable reproductive health care for women.”
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law in November that aims to guarantee insurance coverage for women’s birth control regardless of changes in federal policy.
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Judges in California and Pennsylvania last year blocked the new birth control rules. Federal prosecutors said last month that they plan to appeal the California judge’s decision.