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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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