A second federal judge has temporarily blocked President Trump’s new directive allowing moral and religious exceptions to ObamaCare’s birth control mandate, which requires most employers to provide workers with no-cost contraceptive coverage.
Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, granted a preliminary injunction Thursday. The ruling comes after a similar injunction made by a federal judge in Pennsylvania last Friday, who determined that the directive would cause “serious and irreparable harm.”
Earlier this year, the Trump administration rolled back the requirement on the grounds that it infringed on the religious and moral rights of some businesses.
The Hill added:
Under the federal rules that took effect in October, any for-profit or nonprofit employer or insurer can stop following the birth-control mandate on moral and religious grounds. The California ruling focused mainly on the fact that the administration issued interim final rules without a chance for the public to submit comments.
According to the injunction, “the plaintiffs face potentially dire public health and fiscal consequences as a result of a process as to which they had no input.”
The judge ruled that the Trump administration’s rule would “transform contraceptive coverage from a legal entitlement to an essentially gratuitous benefit wholly subject to their employer’s discretion.”
The lawsuit was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D).
“The law couldn’t be more clear: a woman, not her boss and certainly not a politician, should decide what’s best for her own healthcare,” Becerra said in a statement. “This court ruling serves as yet another reminder to the Trump Administration: the rule of law applies to everyone, no matter who you are or how high your rank.”