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Court blocks changes to contraceptive mandate

A federal court in California Thursday blocked rules issued by the Trump administration that expanded the rights of e...

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 10:30 AM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 10:30 AM

A federal court in California Thursday blocked rules issued by the Trump administration that expanded the rights of employers to cite religious or moral objections in order to deny contraceptive insurance coverage.

In a suit brought by California, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New York, the US District Court in Northern California issued a preliminary injunction blocking the interim rules and the rollback of the contraceptive mandate.

The Justice Department says it disagrees with the ruling and is evaluating its next steps. "This administration is committed to defending the religious liberty of all Americans and we look forward to doing so in court," spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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