PHILADELPHIA, Pa —
(AP) — A federal decide in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration to not implement new guidelines that would considerably scale back ladies’s entry to free contraception.
Decide Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, briefly stopping the federal government from implementing the coverage change to former President Barack Obama’s well being care regulation.
The regulation required most corporations to cowl contraception at no further value, although it included exemptions for spiritual organizations. The brand new coverage would permit extra classes of employers, together with publicly traded corporations, to choose out of offering free contraception to ladies by claiming spiritual or ethical objections.Pennsylvania Lawyer Basic Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, stated that Trump broke the regulation to undermine ladies’s well being and that the ruling will shield ladies.
“That is simply step one, however in the present day is a crucial victory for tens of millions of girls and households and for the rule of regulation,” Shapiro stated.
Attorneys for the Trump administration had argued in courtroom paperwork that the principles are about “defending a slender class of honest spiritual and ethical objectors from being pressured to facilitate practices that battle with their beliefs.”
The U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers issued the brand new coverage in October. It marked one other step within the Trump administration’s rollback of the Reasonably priced Care Act, and supporters say it promotes spiritual freedom.
California, Washington, and Massachusetts have additionally sued the Trump administration over the principles. Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined California in its effort.
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