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Trump admin to reverse birth control mandate

07 October 2017

By and large, employers do not save money by deciding not to cover contraceptive care, as the savings from not providing birth control are typically mitigated by an uptick in pregnancies, births, and associated costs.

"Even if (federal religious freedom law) does not compel the religious exemptions provided in these interim final rules, the departments believe they are the most appropriate administrative response to the religious objections that have been raised", conclude officials from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mark Rienzi is a lawyer for Becket, which argued on behalf of the Little Sisters, reacted. That's likely to be true for most of the cases in the court system right now.

Both directives had been in the works for months, with activists on both sides of a culture war on edge about the timing and the details. 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.

The ACA's guarantee of coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs stands as one of the most important advancements in women's health in a generation.

Even Obama's lawyers in 2016 admitted there were many other ways to distribute those drugs if the government decided that was a priority.

The ACLU and several women's groups have filed lawsuits or are threatening to do so over the Trump administration's decision to give business owners the right to deny their employees birth control coverage in health insurance plans because of religious or moral reasons. Wrong. The Little Sisters of The Poor still objected because they felt that filing the forms to notify the government made companies "complicit." 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.

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"This guidance will help prevent families like the Vander Boons in MI who were threatened with the effective closure of their family-run business for simply expressing a religious point of view on marriage that differed from that of the federal government". The guidance is on firm legal and constitutional ground. The religious exemption to the Obamacare birth control mandate is a part of the executive order President Trump previously issued on religious freedom. The new rule expands that.

The Obama rule was "onerous" and the Trump action has made some progress in changing course, said Melanie Israel, a research associate for The Heritage Foundation, in a statement. In May, he signed an executive order, which he said would protect religious liberty. Patty Murray said in a statement. "This will now make it up to the employer whether or not to cover contraception, and whether to cover all methods".

"As President Trump continues to follow through on his promises on these core issues, he will continue to have the support of social conservatives on his policy initiatives", concluded Perkins.

"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 American Civil Liberties Union filed such a lawsuit less than three hours after the rules were issued.

Now that the administration has provided regulatory relief from the mandate, pending cases in courts across the country - including the case brought forward by the Little Sisters of the Poor-should come to a resolution as well. The story should be that this is a president who is truly committed to liberty.

"No American should be forced to violate his or her conscience; our First Amendment makes that clear".

Trump admin to reverse birth control mandate