January 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — A federal court issued an injunction today blocking final rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies that would have allowed employers and universities to deny their employees and students insurance coverage for contraception due to religious or moral objections. The decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California was issued in a case brought by California, together with Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The injunction only applies to these states.

Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, had this reaction:

“It is a good day when a court stops this administration from sanctioning discrimination under the guise of religion or morality. The Trump administration’s rules authorized employers and universities to strip women of birth control coverage — a benefit guaranteed to them by law, and meant to advance their health and equality. We applaud the order to enjoin the enforcement of these discriminatory rules.”

This statement is available online: https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-statement-federal-court-blocking-implementation-trump-administration-birth-control-rule

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