A Sunset woman with breast cancer has filed suit against her employer, the U.S. government, because the government's insurance won't pay for a needed bone marrow transplant.

Lori Coleman, a supply clerk at the Defense Depot Ogden, says the government's insurance plan provides better health care for men than women. She filed a civil rights suit Thursday against U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry and James B. King, director of the Office of Personnel Management.Coleman was diagnosed last year with inflammatory breast cancer, and her doctor recommended that she receive high-dose chemotherapy and autologous bone marrow transplant treatment, the suit says. She could die if she doesn't.

Coleman has asked a federal judge to immediately order the government to authorize the transplant.

While the government's health plan will finance a bone marrow transplant for several conditions, it won't cover the procedure as treatment for breast cancer.

Leukemias, lymphomas (including Hodgkin's disease) and neuroblastoma, all of which occur in both males and females, are among the conditions covered. "Breast cancer, on the other hand, is virtually unique to women," the suit says.

Thus the government's benefits plan discriminates against women, according to the suit.