Birth control

Another federal judge blocks Trump's birth control coverage rollback

Packs of contraceptive pills.
Packs of contraceptive pills. Photo: Getty Images

A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday imposed a temporary nationwide ban on Trump administration rules that would have allowed most employers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's requirements to provide no-cost birth control coverage in their insurance plans.

Why it matters: The rollback would have allowed employers not to grant their workers cost-free contraceptives, citing religious and moral objections. In a separate ruling Sunday, a California judge issued a partial injunction that blocks the policy from taking effect in Washington, D.C., and 13 states while the lawsuit moves forward.

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Federal judge blocks Trump birth control rules in 13 states

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A federal judge in California temporarily blocked a planned rollback of the Affordable Care Act's contraception rules by the Trump administration in 13 states and Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

Why it matters: The preliminary injunction — issued just before the rules were due to go into effect Monday — prevents some smaller employers from choosing not to grant their workers no-cost birth control coverage due to religious and moral objections while the lawsuit moves forward. The judge's decision, which follows similar rulings in federal court in 2017, ultimately rejected the states' request to block the rules nationwide.

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