Should employers be required to provide coverage for birth control? | The Tylt
Should employers be required to provide coverage for birth control?
Critics say this exemption is anti-woman. Birth control is used to treat many medical conditions, and allows women to choose when—and if—they want to have children. Women's access to health care should not be arbitrarily decided by government officials or employers.
But many religious groups and individuals argue that paying for other people's birth control is not their responsibility, and violates their religious beliefs. Lawyer Paul Clement made this argument for the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, before the Supreme Court:
When you force somebody to pay for somebody else's contraception, including forms of contraception that many religions view as abortifacients ... you are treading on religiously difficult territory.
Proponents argue giving women access to birth control benefits all of society. The Affordable Care Act created minimum coverage requirements and expanded access to birth control, and the net result was cheaper and more widely available contraceptives for women. The abortion rate dropped to its lowest level in 45 years.
It's significantly cheaper to invest in birth control than it is to pay for the myriad costs related to unplanned pregnancies.
Saved $1.4 billion in contraceptive coverage the 1st yr it took effect & lowest abortion rate in U.S. since abortion legal so #Trump against https://t.co/TafyMbXdiQ