Trump administration is set to weaken Obamacare's birth control mandate

by Garry Watts October 7, 2017, 0:08
Trump administration is set to weaken Obamacare's birth control mandate

But the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday it was important to expand which organisations can opt out and deny free contraceptive coverage.

Senators unveil driverless auto bill Calif. AG: Trump backs down on greenhouse gas rule Overnight Energy: California cities sue oil giants over climate change MORE (D) said he is prepared to "take all action, including legal action", to defend the mandate. However, the public interest in birth control seems to swing the other way: according to the Planned Parenthood website, 99 percent of all sexually experienced women have used birth control at some point in their lives.

"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.

That fight has been the focus of many court hearings around the nation, and already has been in the U.S. Supreme Court five times.

President Trump hinted at his plan to roll back the birth control mandate this spring as he signed an executive order on religious freedom.

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

Companies are required under the Affordable Care Act to offer their employees health coverage that covers contraception. The thrice-married, serial-adulterer president, who was recorded bragging about sexually assaulting women, and who was accused by several women of doing exactly what he boasted about doing, is now the same president who's rolling back the clock on women's access to contraception.

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"Today's decision by the Trump administration puts healthcare decisions in the hands of a woman's employer, which is so demeaning, discriminatory, and unsafe that it's hard to put it into words. I will be suing the Trump administration today to stop this rule and defend critical protections for millions of women in MA and across the country", she said in a statement.

In reaction immediately after the 150-page interim ruling was issued, religious groups that had opposed the mandate were pleased with the administration's action. "But the way that this rule treats religion is really an excuse to discriminate". About 55 million women have directly benefited from no-cost birth control, according to an Obama administration report released a year ago.

The 2012 mandate policies allowed only a narrow religious exemption for churches and their integrated auxiliaries, leaving many religious charities and universities to decide whether to comply with the mandate or face heavy fines.

HHS says the exemptions might only impact "about 200 entities" that have filed lawsuits against the mandate.

Under the new rule, women who work for Hobby Lobby or the religious group may no longer have access to birth control coverage through the Obama-era workaround. Should they follow the law, or follow their faith? But those groups rejected the accommodations and filed dozens of lawsuits, leading to two separate Supreme Court challenges, including the Hobby Lobby decision.

Don J. Wright, the acting secretary, is a physician whose chief of staff in his prior role has advocated for abstinence-based sex education, and who women's groups have assailed for overseeing cuts to programs that fund contraceptive care.


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