The Trump Administration Just Declared War On Affordable, Legal, And Safe Birth Control

It’s a dichotomy which lies deep within the Republican Party and has never made any sense: They pass laws which make it increasingly more difficult for women to have access to abortion services, yet at the same time they try to limit access to affordable and safe birth control. If you want to prevent unwanted pregnancies, shouldn’t you be a champion for birth control?

The Trump administration will now join the battle, and it’s plan amends the Obama administration’s coverage requirement and would allow any employer, school or insurance company to opt out of covering contraception due to any moral or religious objection. Even massive for-profit corporations that lack any religious affiliation will soon be able to deny birth control coverage to their female employees.

What does this mean? Well, first and foremost it means that women who are able to get birth control paid for by their insurance plans will now have to pay for whatever method of contraception they use. Dana Singiser, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, had this to say of what the new rule would mean:

“This rule would mean women across the country could be denied insurance coverage for birth control on a whim from their employer or university. It makes a farce of the Trump administration’s so-called ‘women’s empowerment’ agenda and endangers a woman’s ability to make the most basic and personal of decisions ― when and if to have a child.”

Under the current Obamacare rule in place, birth control is considered to be an essential health service which most employee health plans must cover.

But you can expect plenty of resistance to the new Trump rule. The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union both saying they plan to challenge the new mandate in court. The ACLU announced:

“Any rule that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees is an attempt at allowing religion to be used as a license to discriminate. We’ll see the Trump administration in court if they try to follow through on these plans.”

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