California heads to court to fight Trump birth control rules

Birth Control Pills, Photo Date: 4/12/2006 / Photo: outcast104 / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A U.S. judge will hear arguments over California's attempt to block new rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to claim religious objections to providing birth control benefits.

The rules set to go into effect on Monday. Judge Haywood Gilliam in Oakland has scheduled a hearing for Friday to determine whether he should issue a preliminary injunction temporarily stopping the rules.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the rules protect a small group of objectors from violating their beliefs.

California and other states argue that the changes would force women to turn to state-funded programs for birth control and lead to unintended pregnancies.

The Affordable Care Act requires birth control services be covered at no additional cost. There are exemptions for religious organizations.