Late last week, after attorneys general in 13 states plus the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit opposing a Trump Administration birth control policy, a federal judge barred the policy from taking effect in those states.

The policy permits employers with religious or moral objections to contraception to deny their female employees access to free birth control.

While the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate does provide exemptions to certain religious employers, the recent Trump Administration policy substantially expands those exemptions.

“President Trump’s unlawful and harmful birth control rules will go into effect in most states today — but not Washington, thanks to our legal challenge,” Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, reportedly now 17-0 in litigation against the current administration, said yesterday.

Starting Jan. 14, 2019, the policy officially took effect in all states except California (the state that led the lawsuit), Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.