Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance

Oct 07, 2017, 00:31
Birth control: Trump expands opt-out for workplace insurance

It is basing that percentage on the 165 million women in America, many of whom are not in their child-bearing years.

- Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley)This administration just rolled back birth control coverage for American women.

It protects groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor from litigation if they refuse to provide contraceptive coverage, but widens the pool of those shielded to include non-profits, for-profit companies, other non-governmental employers, and schools and universities.

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.

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

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"We will never, ever stand for religious discrimination".

"Donald Trump's latest dictate is a ideal execution of his passions: controlling women and robbing people of healthcare", said NARAL president Ilyse Hogue.

The Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Women's Law Center have been preparing for months to file suits against the administration's new regulations.

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

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, said both the rule repealing the mandate and the Justice Departmnt directive on religion are "blatantly unconstitutional". Real Alternatives lost a suit against the mandate at the Third Circuit Court in August, which ruled that their pro-life mission did not merit a religious exemption from the mandate. That provision said employers aren't required to provide access to birth control, but women who sought contraception couldn't be denied access - nor would they have to pay for it - if they dealt directly with their insurance provider, essentially cutting their employer out of the process.

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Currently, more than 55 million women receive free contraception under the mandate, and the new rules could cause hundreds of thousands of women to lose access.

Donald Trump is coming for your birth control. "It prevents adolescent pregnancies". "Simply put, you don't need nuns to give out contraceptives", Rienzi said, referencing Becket's clients, the Little Sisters of the Poor. "They're taking contraception coverage away from women without justification".

Brown added that the change also could affect the maternal mortality, community health, and economic stability of women and families.

Missouri Democratic Party chair Stephan Webber said, "Birth control is not controversial-it's something the vast majority of women will use during their lifetime".

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards called the decision an "unacceptable attack" on birth control. The requirement to provide FDA-approved contraception at no cost was long opposed by religious groups that heavily favored Trump, and has been wrapped up in legal challenges for more than five years. They created a workaround for those organizations: employers who objected to the coverage would notify the administration, which would then work directly with the insurance company to make sure the coverage was provided without the employer needing to be involved.

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