Judge blocks birth con­trol rules, but not na­tion­wide

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WASHINGTON -

A U.S. judge in Cal­i­for­nia on Sun­day blocked Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rules that would al­low more em­ploy­ers to opt out of pro­vid­ing women with no-cost birth con­trol from tak­ing ef­fect in 13 states and the District of Co­lum­bia.

Judge Hay­wood Gil­liam granted a re­quest for a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion.

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.

“Em­ploy­ers have no busi­ness in­ter­fer­ing in women’s health­care de­ci­sions,” Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra said in a state­ment Sun­day.

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