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The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its decision to drop a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers offer employees free contraception.

The move comes hours after the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the interim rules, which apply to nearly all publicly traded companies. The rules allow employers to refuse to provide contraception based on religious or moral grounds.

The ACLU, which was joined by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West in the lawsuit, filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. They are being represented by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. The team includes Alexis Coll-Very, Marissa Lambert and Casey Mathews, of the firm’s Palo Alto office; and Linton Mann III, Matthew Bricker, Julia Heald, Larry Huang and Meredith Karp, of the firm’s New York offices.

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Michael Booth

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