Today the President authorized two new rules throughs the Department of Health and Human Services. These rules would loosen exemptions for employers that do not wish to cover birth control.
The first rule will allow religious objections to opt out of providing birth control. The second rule provides an exemption for organizations and small business that object on the basis of moral conviction.
These exemptions will not apply to publicly traded companies.
No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system,” Caitlin Oakley, Health and Human Services press secretary, said in a statement. “Today’s actions affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our Constitution,” the statement said.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is not happy about the decision:
“The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women. This is an unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on,” Richards said in a statement.
“With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control,” she said in the statement. The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era mandate that allowed universal access to birth control.
Do you agree with the President’s decision?
Source: ABC News