WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House promoting the administration's efforts to decrease federal regulations December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. The administration has vowed to remove two regulations for every single regulation added in an effort to reduce the amount of bureaucratic "red tape". (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control.
Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction on Friday temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to President Barack Obama's health care law.
The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations.
The new policy would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing free contraception to women by claiming religious or moral objections.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that Trump broke the law to undermine women's health and that the ruling will protect women.
California, Washington, and Massachusetts have also sued the Trump administration over the rules.
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