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The Trump Administration is set to roll back Obamacare’s birth control mandate. The contraception mandate required insurers to cover birth control with no co-pay. Trump hinted at his plan to roll back the birth control mandate this May after he signed an executive order on religious freedom. Before the announcement of the roll back, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also called for broad religious freedom protections.

Previously in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the government cannot require certain employers, such as private companies like Hobby Lobby, to provide insurance coverage for birth control if they conflict with the employer’s religious beliefs. Trump’s plan expands exceptions to nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies. Now companies can stop offering birth control through their insurance plans if they have a strong moral or religious objection.

The Trump Administration stated that “it is necessary and appropriate to provide the expanded exemptions.”

Shortly after the announcement, #HandsOffMyBC began to trend on Twitter.

According to the National Women’s Law Center, the ACA’s birth control benefit saved women $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone in 2013. Women’s health care groups, including the National Women’s Law Center, have already been preparing lawsuits to block Trump from reversing the mandate.

The Trump Administration said the new rules will take effect immediately.

Stephanie F
FFL Cabinet Member