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Contraceptives and Politics

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by Austen Macalus

Politics is the reflection of our principles—which might explain our hyperpolarized contemporary landscape. With renewed controversy on contraceptive use and religious freedom, we see the divide between Americans’ politics and our principles on women’s health care.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration officially rolled back the ACA’s contraception mandate, which required employer-provided health care plans to cover FDA-approved birth control methods without charging patients. Before the ACA, most employer plans already covered many forms of contraceptives, although women often paid some sort of out-of-pocket costs.

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