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In October, the Trump administration issued rule changes expanding the scope of the exemption for religious organizations under the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. (Photo: Shutterstock)

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California  has issued a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration’s rule changes allowing some employers to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage  under the Affordable Care Act.

Gilliam found the process leading to the changes violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a ruling that mirrored findings by U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who ruled against the administration in a similar case last week.

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