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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

Such exceptions are the target of at least one of the rules, which "offers an exemption to any employer or insurer that objects to covering contraceptive services 'based on its sincerely held religious beliefs'".

Previously, it was required that the employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. "We commend President Trump for fulfilling his promise to uphold the religious liberties of these organizations under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act", said Staver (photo).

"With this rule, the Trump administration is taking direct aim at birth control coverage for more than 62 million women", Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president for Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.

Legal challenges to the change in rules have already begun, including with a lawsuit filed Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Trump hinted at his plan to roll back the birth control mandate this spring as he signed an executive order on religious freedom, but the regulation had been tied up at his budget office for more than four months. Under the Justice Department guidelines, this could expand to allowing employers to hire in accordance with their religious beliefs and prohibit denying federal contracts to entities based on religious beliefs.

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Brown said that weakening contraception coverage could also take a toll on maternal mortality, community health and economic stability of women and families.

Well, along with looking for something that offers good pay and workable hours, you're going to need to consider how quickly you want to get pregnant, because the Trump administration just rolled back the Obama-era requirement that employers offer their employees free birth control in their health plans. 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. That rule will force women who work for those companies to pay for contraceptive pills and devices themselves.

The mandate also, the administration says, imposes a "substantial burden" on the free exercise of religion by certain employers who object to it. That and being incomprehensible, dangerously dumb, and infuriatingly the President at all times.

They argue this new interim rule is unconstitutional, violating the Establish Clause and the Equal Protection. The court ordered both sides into negotiations for dealing with the legitimate religious objections of nuns to birth control, but the new regulations will certainly cover their moral objections if not their religious beliefs. In a letter to the Catholic Leadership Conference dated October 5-just a few days before The Washington Post published the Access Hollywood tapes in which Trump bragged about committing sexual assault-the then-presidential candidate pledged to "make absolutely certain religious orders like The Little Sisters of Poor are not bullied by the federal government due to their religious beliefs", and "defend your religious liberties and the right to fully and freely practice your religion".

A principal author of the rules, Matthew Bowman, a top lawyer at the Department of Health and Human Services, represented March for Life in 2014 when he was a lawyer at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal advocacy group. A number of religiously affiliated schools have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate.


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