Second federal judge blocks Trump contraception rules


December 22, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California faces potentially "dire" public health and financial consequences from new rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, a federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland, California, became the second federal judge in the country to block the changes to President Barack Obama's health care law, saying the Trump administration failed to provide the required notice and public comment period before implementing them.

A federal judge in Philadelphia last week cite...

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