An “alleged draft” of a regulation by the Trump administration was leaked on the web and it’s causing pro-abortion groups to get up in arms. The documents published by Vox reveal would allow employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control due to religious and moral reasons.
Currently, Obamacare requires all insurance plans to cover birth control costs. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 4% of women employees have to pay for their own birth control pills, which is a significant drop from the 21% prior to the Obama-era health law.
But, preventive services under the Affordable Care Act are now under final review by the White House.
Although the White House has not commented on the legitimacy of the document, women’s groups are already threatening to take the Trump administration to court.
“If this rule is made final, we will file a lawsuit,” said Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for reproductive rights and health with the National Women’s Law Center. “Women are going to lose no-cost birth control coverage under this rule.”
However, the birth control requirement doesn’t take into account the conservative perspective and the popular pro-life stance.
“But the mandate has drawn strong and sustained opposition from social conservatives, who see it as an infringement on freedom of conscience,” writes Fox News. “The Obama administration exempted houses of worship, and set up a workaround for religiously affiliated nonprofits, such as hospitals, universities and social service organizations,” The Supreme Court later ruled that closely held private companies were also eligible for the workaround, through which the government arranges contraceptive coverage for the affected women employees.”
This alleged draft would allow any employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control, if they felt that it violated religious or moral beliefs.
“A change in the rule is welcome and good,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “I hope that the leaked draft we’re looking at obviously becomes law.”
President Donald Trump did promise to loosen health care regulations that were seen as an infringement on religious conscience.
Author’s note: This is a good rule. Why should people who see abortion as murdering children (which is almost half of the population) be asked to contribute to the activity? Companies and their owners should have a right to choose if they want to fund activities that go against their moral or religious beliefs, instead of being forced to by the government.