Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Birth Control Mandate

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Birth Control Mandate

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Birth Control Mandate

In remarks to reporters, Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at Becket and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said the new rule is a "commonsense and balanced rule" that keeps the contraceptive mandate in place "for virtually all employers" while respecting moral objections.

Currently, more than 55 million women can access birth control without co-payments thanks to the ACA, according to a study from Obama's Department of Health and Human Services. Religiously affiliated nonprofits have already been able to avoid directly providing contraceptive coverage, but they objected to employees still having access to birth control through their insurance companies.

National pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List President Marjoria Dannenfelser said, "Today President Trump delivered a huge victory for conscience rights and religious liberty in America".

The group's case, and a second one involving private businesses including the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, went to the Supreme Court.

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.

Donald Trump's government has issued a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to millions of Americans. Some others, such as religious-based universities or hospitals, could seek accommodations so that they didn't have to provide coverage, but their workers could still get covered contraceptives that would be paid for by the insurer or the employer plan's administrator.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said women "deserve the freedom to access contraception at their own discretion - not at the whim of an employer". "The rights of LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, nontheists and others hang in the balance as the Trump administration continues to toe the line for its fundamentalist base".

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The rule, as drafted, would also allow health insurers to refuse to cover contraception for religious or moral reasons, though the administration noted it was not aware of any health insurers that have those objections.

As a candidate, Trump promised that he would "make absolutely certain religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor are not bullied by the federal government due to their religious beliefs".

Several advocacy groups immediately announced plans to try to block the Trump administration rule. About 55 million women have directly benefited from no-cost birth control, according to an Obama administration report released a year ago.

Dr. Anne Davis, Consulting Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Health, strongly condemned the rules in a statement shared with POPSUGAR.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, deciding that closely-held, for-profit companies could stop providing coverage.

Penny Nance, of Concerned Women for America, added, "One of my fondest memories of working with President Trump so far is sitting in the Rose Garden as he stood strongly for religious liberty and asked the Little Sisters of the Poor to come on stage with him". This could lead to many American women who now receive no-cost contraception having to pay out of pocket for their medication. The Obama administration's push for the law resulted in an avalanche of lawsuits filed against the action by right-wing and religious organizations.

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United for Separation of Church and State said they will also file legal challenges to the rules.

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