Federal court blocks Trump administration’s exceptions to birth control rule in five states
[Washington Examiner, 12/13/18] A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s moral and religious exceptions to the Obamacare birth control mandate from going into effect in five states.
The ruling, from a split three-judge panel, upholds a preliminary injunction by the district court. The case was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic organization that cares for people in nursing homes, and by March for Life, an anti-abortion advocacy group.
Judges John Clifford Wallace, a nominee of former President Richard Nixon, and Susan Graber, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, upheld the injunction.
Wallace, who authored the opinion, wrote that the states “will incur significant costs as a result of their residents’ reduced access to contraceptive care.”
He wrote that women who don’t receive coverage for contraception will seek to have them paid for through state programs, and that if they cannot access it they will become pregnant, incurring more costs to states. He added that when women have a an unplanned child it can get in the way of their educational goals and ability to join the workforce, reducing their tax contributions………….
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