The Trump Administration Loosens An Obama-Era Birth Control Mandate

A protester is detained and escorted out by U.S. Capitol Police during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation's health care system

More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration.

The thinking behind it was to lower costs and improve health by helping more women get contraception, because pregnancy is much more expensive and more risky to a woman's health than using birth control is, and because upwards of 40 percent of pregnancies in the US are unplanned. "With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control", Richards added.

"President Trump and the Department of Justice are putting federal government agencies on notice: you will not only respect the freedom of every American to believe but live according to those beliefs", Perkins said in a statement Friday.

"The Trump Administration's decision to reverse the federal requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion drugs and devices upholds the religious freedom for Little Sisters of the Poor, and many other nonprofit organizations, who can not and will not participate in killing innocent children", said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement, "Donald Trump's latest dictate is a flawless execution of his passions: controlling women and robbing people of health care".

The mandate, which has been the subject of multiple legal challenges, has required employers that provide health insurance to include contraceptive coverage.

Trump's refusal to take action that would actually help people is proof of what we've already known about this president and his administration: They would rather play political games than improve the lives of the American people.

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The Catholic Association applauded Trump for protecting Americans from an overbearing government.

The Trump administration said the new rules would take effect immediately because "it would be impracticable and contrary to the public interest to engage in full notice and comment rule-making". HHS says only about 200 entities are likely to scrap their workers' birth-control coverage, but that's based on the number of employers that filed lawsuits against the Obama administration's policy.

"It's 2017-women should be able to get birth control if they want it, no matter where they work".

The Trump administration today issued interim final rules which could restrict access to birth control for hundreds of thousands of women. The changes would exempt employers and insurance companies from covering birth control at no cost if that practice contradicts their religious or moral beliefs.

"I think what the Trump administration is trying to do is effectively gut the rule without repealing it, because repealing it would be so unpopular", Gretchen Borchelt, of the National Women's Law Center, told the Huffington Post.

"It violates equal protection laws if they are treating women differently", said Borchelt. Some private businesses sued regarding their rights to circumvent such coverage, and the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that they could object on religious grounds. "The extremists who control the Department of Health and Human Services are hell-bent on taking away access to basic health care any way they can".

DOJ legal briefs also argued that the expansive mandate was necessary to promote the equality of women in the business arena-which is not the goal of health insurance.

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