Fed judge in PA chips away at an exemption to Obamacare's birth control mandate

12.18.17 | Brandon Dickson

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has granted a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump's broadening of the religious exemption to Obamacare's birth control mandate.

The exemption allowed groups, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, to opt out of covering birth control due to religious and moral objections.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration shortly after the exemption was announced.

Pennsylvania Judge Wendy Beetlestone, an Obama appointee, decided Friday that the state is "likely to suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction."