On Monday, a U.S. judge in California blocked President Donald Trump‘s administration’s rules that would permit more employers to not provide women with no-cost birth control from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Judge Haywood Gilliam granted on Sunday a request for a preliminary injunction for Washington, D.C. and 13 states including California. The new rules were set to take effect Monday.

The states reportedly argued that the rules would give women no other choice but to rely on state-funded health programs for birth control and could result in many unplanned pregnancies.

The Justice Department said the rules stop a small proportion of opponents from seeing their beliefs disrespected. Many of these objectors are religious organizations — including the Catholic Church — who are fundamentally opposed to contraceptives and other birth control methods.

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The Trump administration — and many Republican state governors and legislatures — has sought to cut healthcare on many different fronts, from Medicaid to Social Security benefits. The GOP has also unsuccessfully attempted to repeal Obamacare, former President Barack Obama‘s signature healthcare law, multiple times.


Given the increasingly conservative leaning of the U.S. Supreme Court, women’s reproductive rights have been projected to be reduced or even stripped entirely. Justice Brett Kavanaughs long anti-choice record, for example, has led many legal experts to predict abortion to become illegal in many states over the coming years.

Several lawmakers like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) blasted the Trump administration on Twitter for continually going after women’s reproductive rights.


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