Judge blocks Trump rollback of ObamaCare birth control exemptions nationwide

Judge blocks Trump rollback of ObamaCare birth control exemptions nationwide
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A district court judge in Pennsylvania on Monday issued a nationwide injunction blocking a Trump administration rule that would allow most employers to opt out of ObamaCare's requirement to provide birth control in their insurance plans. 

Judge Wendy Beetlestone temporarily blocked the rule from taking effect while it is challenged in court by the attorneys general in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The rule was supposed to take effect Monday.

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The rule would allow employers with moral or religious objections to birth control to opt out of providing it to their employees.

Numerous citizens could lose contraception coverage if the rule were enforced, Beetlestone wrote in her ruling, causing "significant, direct and proprietary harm" to the states through increased use of state-funded contraception services.

A similar ruling issued by a separate judge in California Sunday night only applied to the 13 states and Washington that filed suit in that case. 

The administration issued draft rules that took effect immediately last year, but they have been blocked by several courts. 

The administration then released the final version of the rules in November, with minor changes. Those rules are being challenged again in court. 

--Updated at 5:06 p.m.