The new policy on contraception, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, allows more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections - another step in rolling back President Barack Obama's health care law that required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost. 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.
More than 1.4 million Bay State women now have access to birth control with no out-of-pocket costs through the Affordable Care Act, called Obamacare by many Republicans.
The vast majority of companies have no qualms about offering birth control benefits through their health plans. Birth control allows women to plan their pregnancies which includes healthy spacing between pregnancies.
"The Trump administration's actions are a direct attack on women's health and the right to access affordable and reliable contraception", she said.
Why must we make sure that employers' religious freedoms are not being threatened, but not women's health needs?
The Catholic Action League of MA praised Trump for "keeping his campaign promise to defend religious freedom". "Part of what gets lost in the conversation is that there's really significant health issues involved in these decisions", says Person, referencing the fact that people use birth control not only for family planning, but as medical therapy for endometriosis, PCOS, and other disorders. By "placing the religious freedom emphasis on the employer, and not on the individual women who have every right to exercise their religious liberty by choosing to use birth control or not", the administration is violating the right of those people to exercise their own personal religious freedoms. 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.
On Beacon Hill, Trump's directive has given added impetus to a proposal that would require coverage without co-pays for emergency contraception and for all FDA-approved methods of birth control.
A new policy regarding birth control went into effect Friday and has left many women with health care concerns. Religious nonprofits have always been allowed to opt out of it.
Instead of highlighting these important health benefits, the preamble of the rules questions the medical benefits of access to birth control. Birth control is the best hedge against unwanted pregnancies and the spread of The Pill in the sixties paved the way for women to fully enter professional life. It is basically equating birth control with sex rather than with health care. The center is studying the latest proposal to determine its potential costs.
With almost nine in 10 women using contraception at some point in their lives, it is clear that contraception is basic health care. Some might have to turn to state-funded programs to receive contraceptive coverage, he said.
"This extreme, politically motivated rule shows exactly why MA must be proactive in protecting basic health care access".