- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A federal court on Tuesday stopped the Trump administration from allowing employers with religious objections to opt out of Obama-era requirements that health insurance pay for birth control.

The order from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals resulted from a lawsuit filed by 14 state attorneys general that challenged the Trump administration’s policy allowing employers to claim a moral or religious objection to covering birth control.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led the lawsuit, said the courts blocked the administration’s “unlawful attempt to trample on women’s rights.”

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“It’s a simple concept: a woman and her doctor are the only people qualified to decide what’s best for her health. Today will serve as a reminder to the Trump Administration that politicians and employers certainly have no business interfering with women’s reproductive healthcare,” he said in a statement.

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