Already in November, the Trump Administration published two definitive rules giving employers far more freedom to free themselves from their employees' birth control at no cost.
But on Sunday, a federal judge blocked these rules in some states. The New York Times reports .
If you've missed the rules, the Trump administration will introduce new rules This would undo the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
The rules make it fundamentally easier for companies to claim exemptions from the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act because of religious or moral concerns. As SELF has previously stated the contraceptive mandate requires that all employers cover at least one form of any FDA-approved contraceptive method at no cost to the employee through their health insurance. Following a seminal ruling by the Supreme Court in 2014, the government allowed an exemption for religiously-motivated objections to the mandate.
In 2017, the Trump Administration introduced new rules that would open up the potential for exceptions to the mandate based on religious objections and nonreligious moral objections. However, the regulations were blocked in both Federal Courts California and Pennsylvania by preliminary decrees in December.
However, the rules were blocked in court and "probably unlawful." As they were issued, the Trump government plundered and ended these rules in November 2018 with an effective date for entry into force, says Michelle Banker, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, to SELF. But that does not work quite as planned.
Although the rules were originally intended to enter into force nationwide, they were blocked by a federal judge in several states.
Five states filed complaints after the new final rules were released Complaints against the 2017 rules were also filed against the new rules and eight other states and the District of Columbia joined. And on Sunday, Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., of the US District Court in Oakland, California, who also blocked the preliminary version of the rules, issued an application from these 13 states and the District of Columbia for to issue a restraining order .
"Today's court ruling stops another attempt by the Trump government to crush women's access to basic reproductive care," said Attorney General Xavier Becerra in in a statement . "It's 2019, but the Trump government is still trying to regain women's rights, and our coalition will continue to fight for women's access to reproductive health care, which is guaranteed by law."
Thanks to this injunction, the New Regulations are being released in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia, the New York Times (19659015), does not take effect reports.
But the injunction is still tentative – it must be finalized and brought to justice to become permanent. And we already know that the Trump government is not too disturbed by preliminary injunctions. However, it is reassuring that the California judge has already scheduled a conference by the end of this month, where all parties will find out how to proceed, Banker says.
As for the rest of the country, which passes the new rules, that is yet to be decided.
The rest of the state must await the outcome of a lawsuit filed by New Jersey and Pennsylvania Attorney General who challenges the new rules and applies for a national injunction. "We are currently on hold," says Banker. If the judge in Pennsylvania issued an injunction, "no one should lose the reporting under the rules," she says. If not, we have a patchwork of coverage across the country that only causes confusion.
Not only does access to birth control help people gain more control over their reproductive life, including contraception is helpful. SELF previously wrote to treat many medical problems . Therefore, maintaining this access is crucial for all.
"Today is a good day, because of this, women in 13 states under the ACA still have access to birth control." med. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, ] said on Twitter . "Birth control is a critical health care that helps millions to lead the lives they want, and we should find ways to improve access rather than restrict it."