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Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

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    FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. A U.S. judge will hear arguments over California’s attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to claim religious objections to providing birth control benefits.
    The rules set to go into effect on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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    FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume during a protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. A U.S. judge will hear arguments Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, over California’s attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration that would allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. The new rules are set to go into effect on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Published January 14. 2019 07:36AM

OAKLAND, California (AP) — A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.

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

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.

“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 Sunday. “Today’s court ruling stops another attempt by the Trump Administration to trample on women’s access to basic reproductive care. 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 U.S. 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 ruling affects California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

Just buy your birth control with your own money. If you want to destroy the baby you're carrying, do it with your own money, not other peoples money.
Amen brother. I’m sick of these liberal judges in la la land California. I which they’d become there own country & all the liberals, atheists & queers can all live there.
Boy are you 2 people goofy. If you have a contract with a company, under a union or you own negotiated contract it is your money. 2 Schicklgruber pea-brains. Il Duce, Fuhrer. Sieg Heil
It's sad that you folks on the left run out of viable points of debate and resort to name calling. Truth be told, the Democrat Party is the Party of Communism. Open your eyes. Can't you see the tie between your unions communism? Karl Marx was one of the early thinkers who linked unions and socialism.
Another thing to remember is, the owner of the company has rights too. Unions will fail you, because the profit they make, will never be shared with the members.
Hey Schicklgruber your Fuhrer and you are the 1st to name call and just like in your recent post still are. I don't think you have a clue how a Union works besides all international Unions don't operate the same but most have the same ideas. You say the Democrat Party is communism. Well i say that you and the Republican Party are true Satanism and nothing but white supremacist people.

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