Two new rulings by federal judges mean the Trump administration cannot move forward with a change that could restrict women's access to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
One ruling came down late Monday from a judge in Pennsylvania, in a suit brought by that state. It means the administration's plan is now blocked, nationwide, until the legal battle is done.
Earlier Monday, another judge's decision blocked the plan in New York, 12 other states, and Washington, D.C. State Attorney General Letitia James weighed in on the lawsuit involving New York, against several of President Trump's officials.
"We think the judge got it wrong for several reasons," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot.
Alliance Defending Freedom works with March for Life, an organization pushing back in the lawsuit. They are in favor of allowing rules that would let more employers opt-out of providing free birth control as part of health care coverage.
"States do not have the right to impose a particular view of religion, of life on businesses either," said Theriot.
While the Affordable Care Act includes religious exemptions for some businesses and organizations to not provide free contraceptives, the Trump Administration would expand those to include "moral convictions" as a basis.
"While we're relieved that the Trump-Pence rules will not go into effect to impact women's access to birth control, we're concerned about the pending litigation that's in place," said Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Public Affairs Vice President Fran Fox-Pizzonia.
The ADF says those who can't afford birth control can get it free from states because of a law called Title X. But those with Planned Parenthood say employees have a right to access.
"Birth control is health care, and this is women's health. So, we need to really make sure that people are aware that this allows employers to dictate what kind of health people can access," said Fox-Pizzonia.
"This is just a political ploy to try to force people who disagree with their view of abortion to participate in abortion," said Theriot of the states' lawsuit.
The case involving New York State is expected to be back in court later this month.