'Appalling' Draft Rule by Trump Threatens Contraceptive Access for Millions of Women

The Trump administration appears poised to continue its attacks on women and healthcare access, as a draft rule shows the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employee insurance cover contraception would be significantly rolled back.

The draft regulation, obtained by Vox, is dated May 23, and “would significantly overhaul the birth control mandate as it had been implemented by the Obama administration,” write Dylan Scott and Sarah Kliff. They note that it “would allow any employer to request an exemption based on moral or religious objections. This would widen the exemption to apply to any company from a small, religiously affiliated business to a large, publicly traded company. “

The company would not have to notify the government if it was seeking an exemption, Vox adds.

President Donald Trump, the Guardian writes

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But “[w]hat’s at stake,” according to an editorial by the Portland Press Herald in Maine, “is the well-being of millions of women of all faiths who benefit from being able to plan their families.”