Trump Rule Could Deny Birth Control Coverage to Hundreds of Thousands of Women
I DON’T WANT OR NEED the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH or any “charitable organization” determining a women’s medical choices.. PRIESTS DON’T HAVE BABIES, NUNS DON’T HAVE BABIES —THEY have no place having an opinion on women’s healthcare. Employers are not “parentis in loco”.
By spring 2014, two-thirds of women using birth control pills and nearly 75 percent of women using the contraceptive ring were no longer paying out-of-pocket costs. In 2013 alone, the mandate had saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
But a series of lawsuits filed over the last five years by priests, nuns, charitable organizations, hospitals, advocacy groups and colleges and universities convinced Trump administration officials that a change was needed. The new rule, drafted mainly by political appointees at the White House and the Health and Human Services Department, seeks “to better balance the interests” of women with those of employers and insurers that have conscientious objections to providing or facilitating access to contraceptives.
“The government does not have a compelling interest in applying the mandate to employers that object” or in foisting coverage on individuals who object, the draft rule states.