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Penn. Judge Blocks Trump's Policy on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

Penn. Judge Blocks Trump's Policy on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate
(Tim Ireland/AP)

By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 04:32 PM

A federal Pennsylvania judge temporarily blocked a provision by the administration of President Donald Trump that allowed exceptions based on moral and religious grounds for Obamacare's birth control mandate, The Hill reported Friday.

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro had filed a lawsuit claiming the administration's changes undermined women's health. However, federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone ruled the state was "likely to suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction."

The Trump administration had rolled back the requirement in October, stating it infringed on the religious and moral rights of some businesses. The rule requires most companies to provide birth control at no cost for women.

Pennsylvania joins other states, including Massachusetts and California, as well as organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union in filing lawsuits to challenge Trump's policy.

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A federal Pennsylvania judge temporarily blocked a provision by the administration of President Donald Trump that allowed exceptions based on moral and religious grounds for Obamacare's birth control mandate, The Hill reported Friday.
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