Trump's Birth Control Rules Blocked in 5 States

December 14, 2018 AT 9:50 AM

By Jessie Hellmann

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday blocked Trump administration rules that would allow businesses to claim moral and religious exemptions to ObamaCare's contraception mandate.

The ruling only applies to the five states that filed a joint lawsuit against the rules last year: California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction on the rules by a district court.

The states argued the administration made changes to the contraception mandate without the required notice and public comment period.

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