A US federal judge has junked new Trump administration regulations on birth control from applying across the entire country.
The decision comes amid federal government partial shutdown rooted in political standoff of Trump’s government and Congress leadership regarding the first wish for budget of Mexican border wall.
The judge ruling allow employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”.
Meanwhile, the decision were to come into effect nationwide from Monday.
But the judge in Philadelphia granted an injunction requested by attorneys general in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Judge Wendy Beetlestone ruled that the new rules would make it more difficult for many women to obtain free contraception and would be an undue burden on US states, citing the decision.
Her decision follows a similar verdict by a judge in California on Sunday. However, that verdict only covered 13 states and Washington DC.
It can be recalled that about Fifty-five million women benefited from the original Obama-era rule, which made companies provide free birth control.
Before taking office, President Donald Trump pledged to eliminate the requirement.
C“It’s 2019, yet the Trump administration is still trying to roll back women’s rights,” California attorney general Xavier Becerra said.
“The law couldn’t be clearer – employers have no business interfering in women’s healthcare decisions.”