Reuters and the Associated Press along with the rest of the Media have gone into a tailspin of recriminations and accusatory statements against the Trump administration daring to say that employers should have the right to not be forced to pay to block the consequences of someone’s sexual choices.
An estimated 574,000 women who use birth control didn’t have coverage before mandate. These are the people at risk.https://t.co/DeTPGFolYe
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) October 6, 2017
Those employers who object on moral and/or religious grounds are now protected:
President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday eviscerated requirements under the Obamacare law that employers provide insurance to cover women’s birth control, keeping a campaign pledge that pleased his conservative Christian supporters.
Administration officials said two new federal rules will let any non-profit or for-profit entity make religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from the law’s contraception mandate. The changes also let publicly traded companies obtain a religious exemption.
The move drew fire from reproductive rights advocates and praise from a conservative Christian activists. California’s Democratic attorney general pledged to fight to protect the mandate from circumvention. It remained unclear how many women would lose contraception coverage and which companies would use the exemptions.
The abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, is not happy that they are potentially losing some of their clientele.
Taxpayerfunded Cecile Richards, who makes money off the selling of aborted baby parts, said this today in a statement:
“The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement.
“This is an unacceptable attack on basic healthcare that the vast majority of women rely on. With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control,” Richards added.
A campaign pledge fulfilled today, Trump supporters can check this one off:
Trump, who criticized the birth control mandate in last year’s election campaign, and won strong support from conservative Christian voters. The Republican president signed an executive order in May asking for rules that would allow religious groups to deny their employees insurance coverage for services they oppose on religious grounds.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday moved to broaden those narrow religious exemptions to include an exception “on the basis of moral conviction” for non-profit and for-profit companies.