US Federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone has blocked new Trump administration regulations on birth control from applying across every state.
Trump’s regulations allow employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their “moral convictions” or “religious beliefs” and were due to come into effect nationwide this week.
Judge Wendy ruled that these regulations would make it harder for women to access free contraception and would be an undue burden on US states and granted the injunction requested by attorneys general in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
A similar verdict was reached by a judge in California although that only covered 13 states and Washington DC.
55 million women benefited from the original Obama-era rule which made companies provide free birth control.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced that she is forming an exploratory committee to consider a run for the White House.
She is regarded a formidable contender and her focus on women’s issues, including combating sexual assault, throughout her political career has already earned her the nickname the “#metoo Senator”.
Singer Mariah Carey and former manager Stella Bulochnikov have been accused of “severe sexual harassment and discrimination” by ex-personal assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan.
It is alleged that Ms Shakhnazaryan was emotionally and psychologically abused, called a “whore”, had racial insults thrown at her, had her buttocks and breasts slapped and was held down and urinated on in front of other people.
Although Carey did not carry out the actual physical abuse it happened in her presence and she took no action to stop it.
John Engler, interim president of Michigan State University, has resigned after saying that some survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse were “enjoying” the attention: “there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight. In some ways they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”