Trump’s Order To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate Gets Its Day In Court
California's lawsuit against the new rules that allow employers to cite religious or moral objections to providing workers coverage for birth control says that they violate the U.S. Constitution by overvaluing religious beliefs and discriminating against women.
The Associated Press:
Lawyers Clash Over Impact Of Trump's Rules On Birth Control
Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis urged a federal judge not to grant the state's request to block the policy change to President Barack Obama's health care law, saying it was not clear any women would lose no-cost contraception coverage. (Thanawala, 12/12)
U.S. Judge Questions Trump Administration On Birth Control Rules
New rules from the Department of Health and Human Services announced in October let businesses or non-profit organizations lodge religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from the Obamacare law's mandate that most employers provide contraceptives coverage in health insurance with no co-payment. The move from President Donald Trump's administration kept a campaign pledge that pleased the Republican's conservative Christian supporters.California and several other states with Democratic attorneys general promptly sued and asked for the policy to be blocked while its legality is decided. (Levine, 12/12)