Liberal states are suing the Trump administration for changing the Obama-era birth control mandate, which isn't much of a surprise to anyone, says the spokesman for a conservative group.
Citing support for religious freedom, the Trump administration's action allows more employers to claim religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.
The state of Washington, meanwhile, is among several liberal states that are suing.
David Christensen of the Family Research Council says the legal fight is expected, since Washington recently passed its own version of a contraceptive mandate on employers.
"Regardless of religious beliefs," he points out. "And they tied that mandate at the state level to the federal ObamaCare contraceptive mandate we think is unfair."
Washington state's lawsuit follows filings by Massachusetts and California.
The American Civil Liberties Union is also suing the Trump administration over changes to the HHS mandate.
"Liberals are going to sue the government and claim it is based on religious violation of the Establishment clause," predicts Christensen. "We think the fact that the contraceptive mandate is going to force and penalize people like Little Sisters of the Poor, if they refuse to violate their conscience or drop health coverage to get out from under the mandate, is unfair."
There is a good legal case to be made, he adds, that HHS, under Trump, did the right thing and that decision will be upheld in court.
Christensen points out that ObamaCare under Obama exempted many large corporations from the HHS mandate yet refused to exempt Little Sisters.