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Donald Trump Annuls Mandatory Obamacare Contraception Coverage

07 Octubre 2017, 02:12 | Azura Castelo

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

No longer will employers be forced to provide contraception coverage under their health plans, freeing them from violating their religious consciences.

The New York Times reported that Matt Bowman, a pro-life attorney who worked for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) before joining the Trump administration's HHS, is the "principal author of the rules".

Brown added that the change also could affect the maternal mortality, community health, and economic stability of women and families.

Already there are 200 entities suing the federal government in 50 difference lawsuits opposing the mandate, according to HHS. Today, the president's team dramatically altered the ACA's policy, opening a unsafe door in the process.

But the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday it was important to expand which organisations can opt out and deny free contraceptive coverage. "President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom". "We should have space for organizations to live out their religious identity and not face discrimination". Now, President Trump and his cronies want to undo all that progress.

On Friday, Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women's Law Center, said the group would "take immediate legal steps to block these unfair and discriminatory rules".

Immediately after the announcement Friday morning the ACLU promised that they would file a lawsuit challenging the new rules.

From the outset, churches were exempt from the mandate, but not religious employers of entities like universities, health care facilities and charitable outreach programs. As we learned in the spring and summer, for every plot by Congressional Republican leadership and the Trump Administration to strip tens of millions of people of health insurance that is foiled by health care advocates, a new one inevitably pops up in its place.

The Obamacare mandate that requires birth control to be provided at no cost has been opposed by religious groups and fought in court for more than five years, as Politico notes.

And then the Trump era came along.

Democrats plan to resist Trump's latest measure and said they fear restricted access to contraceptives could have effects like an increase in unplanned pregnancies. Without access to the full range of contraceptive options, women can not ever be truly independent or equal in the United States of America.

Under president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, health insurance policies must fully cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including contraceptive pills, diaphragms, and implants. According to another Guttmacher study, 62% of United States women of reproductive age now use some form of contraception, and over 99% will use it at least once in their lifetimes.

In its reasoning for the move, the administration said among other things that mandating birth control coverage could foster "risky sexual behavior" among teens and young adults.

"We can not allow President Trump to roll back the progress women have made over the past century".

Before the contraception coverage rule, birth control accounted for 30-44% of a woman's out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

While HHS said the moral or religious opposition to covering contraception has to be "sincerely held, it is unclear how they would determine this".

If Trump just left it at religious beliefs, he'd have a leg to stand on.

A Justice Department official explained, however, that Sessions' directive is limited in scope: "It's not a policy document".

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