Trump Administration Rolls Back Rules Mandating Free Birth Control Coverage For Women

Conservatives & Trump Can Still Stop the Worst of Obamacare

Trump has long spoken about his plans to fight the Obama-era requirement that, according to Planned Parenthood, has helped 55 million women, including 17 million Latinas and 15 million African-Americans, gain access to birth control without copay.

The conflict, of course, is that the rule forces religious employers who may find birth control - or just certain forms of it - morally objectionnable to pay for insurance coverage for it.

Employers with religious or moral qualms will also be able to cover some birth control methods, and not others. Both of these measures would reportedly go into effect as soon as they are published by the office of Federal Registrar.

"Application of the mandate to entities with sincerely held religious objections to it does not serve a compelling governmental interest", it says. Specifically, the Trump administration claims that health risks arise from the Obama mandate and that "risky sexual behavior" may increase among teens and young adults as a result of the earlier calls for contraception laws.

I have nothing more to say except: I share your anger. "Under this rule, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control". In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's 2014 Hobby Lobby ruling that closely held private companies could seek an exemption on religious grounds, only a few dozen employers requested one from the Obama administration, POLITICO found a year ago.

However, the rules are likely to generate more litigation, this time by advocates for women and public health groups.

After all of this, however, many employers (especially those without the capacity to sue the government) still faced a conflict in the HHS contraception mandate.

The exemption will be available to for-profit companies, whether they are owned by one family or thousands of shareholders. These include the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He made good on that promise last spring when he signed an executive order expanding religious liberty.

Dr. Haywood L. Brown, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told the Times that the rules would "turn back the clock on women's health".

Health and Human Services officials said the new rule would have no impact on "99.9% of women" in the United States.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is now considering all legal action to ensure women can get the health care they need, free from discrimination. "It prevents adolescent pregnancies".

The new rule issued Friday by the Trump administration admits that's what Obama was doing, and establishes a pathway to a permanent exemption for faith groups. The administration acknowledges that the law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, "does not provide protection for nonreligious, moral conscientious objections".

Medical and legal groups immediately objected. Some others, such as religious-based universities or hospitals, could seek accommodations so that they didn't have to provide coverage, but their workers could still get covered contraceptives that would be paid for by the insurer or the employer plan's administrator. The religious exemption would cover a religious affiliated nonprofit employer, such as a church, school or charity.

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