A federal appeals court today upheld an injunction in five states – California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia – blocking implementation of temporary Trump administration rules that exempted employers with religious and moral objections from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive care coverage requirement.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in State of California v. Azar suspends the temporary Trump rules, which are otherwise set to be replaced by final versions on Jan. 14. The final rules suffer the same defects as the rules blocked today, and Americans United, with the National Women’s Law Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights, is already litigating to overturn them. That case, Irish 4 Reproductive Health v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United, issued the following statement:
“No American should be denied access to vital health care because of someone else’s religious beliefs. Today’s ruling is an important step in ensuring that our nation’s health care system remains anchored in good science, sound medicine and individual autonomy, not religion.”
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.