April 24, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Contraceptive Coverage Rollback Endangers Women

 Women’s reproductive rights were dealt a serious blow early this month. On October 6, The Trump administration issued a rule that gives any organization, business, or university the right to deny their employees contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While Trump has claimed that these actions were taken to protect the religious freedoms of employers, this is no more than an excuse being used in attempt to weaken the ACA and further his own anti-contraceptive agenda at the expense of the health and wellbeing of women across the country.

Because of the Obama-era contraceptive coverage mandate, it was required that all women under the ACA receive coverage for all FDA-approved forms of birth control. As a result of this requirement, over 55 million women in the U.S. had access to this health necessity with zero out-of-pocket costs. This achievement of women’s rights is now being unraveled. According to the New York Times, hundreds of thousands of women may lose their coverage as a result of this month’s new rules, forcing them to pay hundreds of dollars each month for birth control.

Trump and his administration have specified that under these two new rules, employers are allowed to decide whether or not to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees based on whether the employer has a “religious or moral objection” to the use of birth control. To justify this highly dangerous action, President Trump, as well as the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor again cited the protection against discrimination in America. “We will never, ever stand for religious discrimination. Never, ever,” said Trump this May, when he announced his plans to roll back coverage of certain services under Obamacare.

What these rules represent is not the respect for religious freedom, but rather the destruction of it. While claiming religious liberation for employers, these rules unconstitutionally restrict the rights and freedoms of the American people. Under the First Amendment, all government proceedings “respecting an establishment of religion” are strictly prohibited. Along with several other people and organizations, California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra has filed a lawsuit to block these rules, which he sees as an unconstitutional and spiteful attack against women’s rights and the strength of the ACA.  

The intentions behind this rule were not fueled only by matters of religion. The administration challenged the effectiveness and safety of contraceptives, arguing that their use encouraged “risky sexual behavior” among women. However, this claim is little more than an outdated myth.  “There is no evidence to support the idea that giving contraception promotes sexual activity,” says Indiana University School of Medicine’s obstetrics and gynecology department chair, Dr. Jeffrey Peipert. Not only this, but there is also extensive research effectively proving that teen pregnancy and abortion rates drop dramatically when young women have access to birth control. Despite this, our current administration still expects that by denying women birth control, they will see similar decreases.

Through these spiteful, discriminatory rules, the president is sending the people of America a message. He is proving, just as he has time and time again, that he will not stand for “religious freedom” when we really need it, but only when the supremacy of his own beliefs is threatened. Women of America deserve access to adequate, affordable healthcare, and our government should never let religion stand in the way of that.

 

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