Trump's Birth Control Rules Still on Hold, But Massachusetts Lawsuit Rejected

March 13, 2018

A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts’ attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump’s administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women’s birth control.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston dismissed a lawsuit by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that sought to block rules that provide exemptions from an Obamacare mandate requiring such coverage on moral or religious grounds.

The ruling came after two other judges in California and Pennsylvania in December issued preliminary injunctions blocking the Republican president’s administration from enforcing the rules, which it announced in October.

Gorton said that in contrast to those two states, where there is“no doubt” employers intend to take advantage of the exemptions,“the record is uniquely obscure” as to whether any in Massachusetts would.

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