Judge blocks new birth-con­trol rules

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

OAK­LAND, Calif. — A U.S. judge in Cal­i­for­nia on Sun­day blocked rules pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion that would al­low more em­ploy­ers to opt out of pro­vid­ing women with no-cost birth con­trol.

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 to­day while a law­suit against them moved for­ward.

But Gil­liam lim­ited the scope of the rul­ing to the plain­tiffs — the 13 states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — 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.

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