March 18 2018

Trump Ends ObamaCare Abortion and Contraceptive Mandate

March 18 2018, 05:08 | Van Peters

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to board the Marine One helicopter Oct. 7 2017

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to board the Marine One for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md. on his way to Greensboro N.C. Saturday Oct. 7 2017

Officials said two new federal rules would now allow any non-profit or for-profit entity to obtain the exemption to the contraception mandate on "the basis of moral conviction".

Salganicoff said she's concerned about coverage for implantable devices that are more expensive but also much more effective.

Most Californians, including those who purchase insurance through Covered California and on Medi-Cal, would not be affected because under state law, health plans regulated by the state are required to cover contraceptive coverage.

Experts don't anticipate that a plethora of North Texas companies will drop contraceptive coverage from their offerings, in the short or long term, however.

The policy came out of the Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services departments. Religious liberty does not mean the freedom to force your dogma upon unwilling employees who themselves do not share these scruples.

"We will never, ever stand for religious discrimination". But these outraged parties should remember that it wasn't the Right or the Trump administration that transformed contraception into a political issue. "Any move to decrease access to these vital services would have damaging effects on public health and would essentially, turn back the clock on women's health", Cutler said in a statement on Friday.

In May 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, ordered the government not to fine the Little Sisters, and said the lower courts should provide the government an opportunity "to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates the petitioners' religious beliefs."
"Subjecting women to the religious and moral beliefs of their employers violates the right to privacy that is so evident in Supreme Court doctrine". 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. Blumenthal added the madate "allowed 62 million American women to access birth control at no cost". The mandate saved women an estimated $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone in 2013, according to the center. The healthcare law required most companies to cover birth control for women as preventative care.

Her organization is among several that are planning to challenge the birth-control rollback in court.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said the new policy could reverse progress in lowering the nation's rate of unintended pregnancies.

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

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards ripped the decision as an "unacceptable attack" on birth control.

That process was orchestrated by the Left in 2012, when Obama's reelection campaign blatantly used birth control as a political tool to advance the divisive rhetoric of conservatives' supposed "War on Women".

"We have long turned the page on the days when a boss could stand in between a woman and her own healthcare decisions - this decision drags the country backwards", he said in a statement. Those employers simply have to fill out a one-page form stating their objection and then the health insurance company provides the coverage directly to the employee.

The same day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued legal guidance reminding federal agencies that freedom of religion is a fundamental right and that the free exercise of religion "includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one's religious beliefs". This is just another attempt by President Trump to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

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