How Birth Control Order Affects Women’s HealthOctober 18, 2017 |
by LEA ROSE EMERY
Trump’s birth control order, announced on Friday, is devastating news. Previously, under a mandate from the Affordable Care Act, most employers were required to provide their employees with birth control coverage without copayments. On Friday, Trump rolled back that mandate. Now the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor will make it easier for employers to refuse to provide coverage for birth control if they have a “religious or moral objection” to doing so. Although the administration claims that this “will not affect over 99.9% of the 165 million in the United States”, they do so without any proof or explanation of their reasoning. The reality is that it’s terrifying to think about how many women will be left without access to affordable birth control. It’s another reminder of this administration’s attempts to constantly roll back the basic rights of women.