Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined the State Attorneys General from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia to sue the Trump Administration on Monday, seeking to block the revocation of Obama era protections for transgender individuals seeking healthcare. The new policy is set to take effect next month.
The new Trump administration policy would give health care providers carte blanche to refuse treatment base on factors such as gender identity, said New York’s Attorney General Letitia James.
The lawsuit was files in Manhattan federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and seeks an injunction to stop the rule from going into effect. The Attorneys General argue that it violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause.