Does birth control rollback push religious view on us all? | Letters

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE

In Trump's newest assault on health care, he provides employers with the right to deny employers to provide insurance for contraception for women. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate and an Obama-era mandate regarding religious exemptions, most women on insurance don't have to pay anything to obtain all forms of birth control. According to new rules put in place by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an exemption has been put in place for any employer to be able to refuse to cover contraception services if they have a honest religious belief or moral conviction they believe would be impacted by doing so. Regardless, Trump seeks to continue his policy and practice of treating women terribly and trying to take control of their lives.

For the most part, the increase of birth control usage since the 1960s has led to a decreasing number of unintended pregnancies. For instance, there are hundreds of Catholic hospitals, nursing homes and nonprofits that may want to stop providing contraceptives, said Tim Jost, emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Of course, a survey tracking teen behavior since the 1990s shows that risky sexual behavior has gone down since 2012, but don't let's expect the facts to get in the way of Trump's pandering to the religious right.

This also paves the way for religious-based discrimination. "Never, ever", President Donald Trump said at the time.

The Democratic attorneys general of California and MA filed similar suits later Friday. The organization's senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri called the administration's rules "blatantly unconstitutional". But JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT-rights group, depicted the two directives as "an all-out assault, on women, LGBT people and others" as the administration fulfilled a "wish list" of the religious right. Schakowsky joined other IL politicians in criticizing President Donald Trump's rollback of birth control coverage. The mandate saved women an estimated $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone in 2013, according to the center.

Women use birth control for so many reasons that aren't all talked about. For many women, this policy change could make it extremely hard to get treatment for these health issues. Some women use it because their menstrual cycle is irregular and causes further health implications.

Let's be clear: Birth control is a basic health care service, one almost nine in ten women in America will use in her lifetime. Instead of preventing women from attaining birth control, we should instead inform and provide the option for them to have access to it.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration isn't the first to politicize birth control. But it is the birth-control mandate itself that should be scrapped.

Friday's move comes more than three years after the US Supreme Court ruled that "closely held corporations" - in that case, Hobby Lobby - could be exempt from providing certain kinds of birth control to their employees. America is made of a myriad of religious beliefs.

"I'll also be signing something probably this week which is going to go a long way to take care of numerous people that have been so badly hurt on health care", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "It simply summarizes the state of the law as it exists today".

The Trump administration has approved a request by West Virginia to expand Medicaid coverage for treatment of substance abuse disorders, state officials announced Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak applauded the decision. They cited religious freedoms as the reason. "The government should not force anyone to compromise their faith, and the new rules will allow businesses to focus on their goals and mission without fear of legal battles".

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