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

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

There is no way to satisfy all of the religious objections to the contraceptive coverage mandate, so "it is necessary and appropriate to provide the expanded exemptions", the Trump administration says in the new rules.

With the new rules, Trump would be fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

"Today's outrageous rules by the Trump administration show callous disregard for women's rights, health, and autonomy", said Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women's Law Center.

Liberty Counsel filed the first private lawsuit against ObamaCare the day it was signed into law in 2010.

Donald Trump is coming for your birth control.

The administration's justification for this measure include the health risks that may be associated with the use of certain contraceptives, even though it did not mention the dangers of an unwanted pregnancy or abortion that could result otherwise.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that 99.9% of women won't be affected by the new rule, which makes it ok.

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The Times reported that, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration, some 55 million women rely on the ACA's employer mandate to obtain birth control without a copayment. In addition to nonprofits, privately held businesses will be able to seek an exemption on religious or moral grounds, while publicly traded companies can seek an exemption due to religious objections. And more than 20 percent of women of childbearing age had to pay for contraception out of pocket. "Under this rule, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control".

"The president believes that the freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right in this country", she said, adding that the Supreme Court "validated this decision many times over".

The new move is expected to go further, making that workaround optional for employers and potentially leaving millions of women responsible for the out-of-pocket costs of their birth control, according to Planned Parenthood. The religious exemption would cover a religious affiliated nonprofit employer, such as a church, school or charity.

Americans will remain free to make their own decisions about, and purchase or find coverage for, the drugs and devices at issue in the mandate, and entities with objections will not be forced to be complicit in choices that would violate their religious or moral convictions.

Employers who argued the "contraceptive mandate" infringed on their religious liberties lodged U.S. Supreme Court challenges, winning exemptions in cases brought by the Hobby Lobby craft store chain and the Little Sisters of the Poor religious order. Under these new exemptions, colleges and universities that provide health insurance will also be allowed to opt out of the contraceptives mandate.

You mean, "long ordeal" like raising a child you weren't prepared for or "long ordeal" like spending years trying to force your religious views on people who just need to pay their bills?

Haywood Brown, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told National Public Radio that "reducing access to contraceptive coverage threatens to reverse the tremendous progress our nation has made in recent years in lowering the unintended pregnancy rate".

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