Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Friday in federal court in San Francisco. It was one of several such suits by states and contraception advocates.
He acted the same day the Republican administration announced new rules giving employers more discretion as part of a broader rollback of the Affordable Care Act.
The lawsuit says the rules violate the Constitution by allowing employers to use their religious beliefs to justify discrimination and to deny women equal protection.
It says the administration violated federal law by acting without allowing for public comment and without providing a proper legal or factual basis for the change.
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