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California federal judge blocks Trump administration’s new birth control rules granting exemptions for coverage due to ‘moral convictions’ from taking effect in 13 states plus Washington, DC

  • California federal Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, DC on Sunday
  • New rules would expand exemptions for birth control coverage from employers to include ‘moral convictions’ as a basis to opt out of providing it
  • The rules would have taken effect everywhere on Monday, but are now postponed for the time being in Washington, DC, plus the 13 plaintiff states
  • California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington were named

A US judge in California on Sunday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration rules which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control by claim it violates their ‘moral convictions’ from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, DC.

Judge Haywood Gilliam, a United States District Judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, DC.

The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.

‘The law couldn’t be more clear – employers have no business interfering in women’s healthcare decisions,’ California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement on Sunday. 

Gilliam limited the scope of the ruling to the plaintiffs, however, rejecting their request that he block the rules nationwide.

The ruling affects California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. 

A US judge in California on Sunday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration rules which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control by claim it violates their ‘moral convictions’ from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, DC. Trump is pictured in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11 in Washington, DC

The changes would allow more employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost contraceptive coverage to women by claiming religious objections.

Some private employers could also object on moral grounds.

California and the other states argue that women would be forced to turn to state-funded programs for birth control and experience unintended pregnancies.

‘Today’s court ruling stops another attempt by the Trump administration to trample on women’s access to basic reproductive care, Becerra said.

‘It’s 2019, yet the Trump Administration is still trying to roll back women’s rights. Our coalition will continue to fight to ensure women have access to the reproductive healthcare they are guaranteed under the law.’

'The law couldn't be more clear - employers have no business interfering in women's healthcare decisions,' California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement on Sunday. Becerra is pictured in Sacramento, California on October 10

‘The law couldn’t be more clear – employers have no business interfering in women’s healthcare decisions,’ California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement on Sunday. Becerra is pictured in Sacramento, California on October 10

At a hearing on Friday, Judge Haywood Gilliam said the changes would result in a 'substantial number' of women losing birth control coverage, which would be a 'massive policy shift.' A file photo from August 26, 2916 shows a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills being displayed in Sacramento, California

At a hearing on Friday, Judge Haywood Gilliam said the changes would result in a ‘substantial number’ of women losing birth control coverage, which would be a ‘massive policy shift.’ A file photo from August 26, 2916 shows a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills being displayed in Sacramento, California

The US Department of Justice said in court documents the rules ‘protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs.’

At issue is a requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law that birth control services be covered at no additional cost. 

Obama officials included exemptions for religious organizations. The Trump administration expanded those exemptions and added ‘moral convictions’ as a basis to opt out of providing birth control services.

At a hearing on Friday, Gilliam said the changes would result in a ‘substantial number’ of women losing birth control coverage, which would be a ‘massive policy shift.’

The judge previously blocked an interim version of the rules – a decision that was upheld in December by an appeals court.

The US Department of Justice said in court documents the rules 'protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs.' Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, Louisiana is shown wearing a birth control pills costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC on March 25, 2015

The US Department of Justice said in court documents the rules ‘protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs.’ Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, Louisiana is shown wearing a birth control pills costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC on March 25, 2015



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