The Trump administration loosened Obama-era birth control requirements on Friday, saying most providers of health insurance could refuse to pay for an employee’s birth control if the provider shows “sincerely held” religious or moral objections.
The new regulations, which take effect immediately, protect religious groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor from litigation if they refuse to provide contraceptive coverage, but widen the pool of those shielded to include nonprofits, for-profit companies, other nongovernmental employers, and schools and universities.
“These rules will not affect over 99.9 percent of the 165 million women in the United States,” the Health and Human Services Department said in a statement.
“No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system,” HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said. “Today’s actions affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our constitution.”
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— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) October 6, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of women will lose their ability to pay for birth control—which, as you should know, is prescribed for dozens of reasons other than contraception—because they said so.It’s YOUR body…YOUR boss’s choice!