A federal court has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced on Friday.
The decision would stop the new regulations from taking effect nationwide, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The Trump administration issued regulations rolling back the mandate in October. As Vox explained at the time:
But the problem appears to be that the rules took effectively immediately. Some legal experts, like the University of Michigan’s Nicholas Bagley, argued when the regulations were issued that the Trump administration had opened itself up to a legal challenge by skipping the usual public comment period for federal rulemaking.
The ruling from US district court judge Wendy Beetlestone cited the likelihood that opponents of the regulations would prevailed on issues relating to the Administrative Procedure Act — which sets guidelines for issuing federal regulations — in ordering the injunction to block the changes.
The Trump administration is blocked under the order from loosening the exemptions from the mandate until the full case is heard.