Should employers be required to cover birth control? | The Tylt
Trump's Department of Health and Human Services announced a new rule that allows employers to exempt themselves from covering birth control on religious or moral grounds. Many reproductive rights advocates and medical organizations argue contraception is a vital form of preventative care, and the new regulation unfairly discriminates against women. But the Trump administration argues businesses should not be forced to cover birth control if they have sincere moral objections. What do you think?
Should employers be required to cover birth control?
The Trump administration announced it would issue new rules allowing employers to stop providing contraception through their health insurance plans if they have a "sincerely held religious or moral objection."
In a blow to Obamacare's controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.
The new rules continue the undermining of the Obamacare mandate that requires birth control be covered with no co-pay as a preventive service. This could impact many of the millions of women who now receive contraceptives at no cost under this provision.
President Trump vowed "to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty" in an executive order, and the latest announcement from HHS appears to build on his promise.
Women's rights advocates and medical professionals have criticized attempts to withhold birth control coverage, arguing contraception is "not a luxury" but a form of "preventative care." Dr. Haywood L. Brown argues in ACOG:
Access to contraception is essential to women’s health and livelihood. Though contraception’s most vital role is empowering women to take control over their reproductive health, it touches every corner of their lives, from helping with management of other health issues to ensuring women can pursue their educational goals and achieve professionally without interruption from unintended pregnancy.
Some point out the new rules will disproportionately hurt low-income women.
But others have applauded the Trump administration's commitment to religious liberty.
And they believe women should make the decision to pay for their own birth control, not the government.