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Federal Judge Halts WH Birth Control Policy Affecting 13 States, D.C.

A California judge halts a Trump administration birth control policy, which would have made it easier for employers to opt out of offering free birth control because of religious or moral reasons.

The federal judge made the decision Sunday, which was just one day before the policy was set to take effect in 13 states and Washington D.C.

The policy would have made it easier for employers to refuse to offer no-cost contraceptives while citing religious or moral reasons for doing so.

Obamacare currently requires most companies to offer insurance covering most birth control with exemptions only for religious organizations.

This comes after the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, which ruled private companies are not obligated to offer insurance covering birth control.

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington are among the states affected.

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