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US judge blocks Trump anti-contraception measure

© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | The Trump administration in October 2017 rolled back an Obamacare provision that obliged employer health plans to pay for contraception

WASHINGTON (AFP) - 

A federal judge from Pennsylvania Friday blocked a decision by the Trump administration to put an end to an obligation under Obamacare that employers include free contraception in their healthcare coverage.

Judge Wendy Beetlestone, convinced that the measure could pose harm to thousands of American women, imposed a temporary suspension of the measure that is national in scope and represents a setback for President Donald Trump.

In October, his administration declared that all businesses could refuse to provide free contraception to employees for religious or moral reasons. Previously, such an exemption only applied to religious institutions.

The decision drew strong criticism from Democrats, women's rights and family planning organizations and obstetricians and gynecologists.

It is likely the US government will file an appeal in response to the injunction.

© 2017 AFP