The Obamacare birth control mandate that forced religious groups to provide birth control against their religious convictions is about to end.
Under the Obama administration, the mandate required insurance companies to provide contraception through employers’ insurance plans, with no co-payment or out-of-pocket costs. Hobby Lobby had fought the mandate, stating it violated their religious beliefs.
Another group, Little Sisters of the Poor, were opposed to the mandate, stating that it violated their Roman Catholic doctrine.
The Supreme Court had issued a unanimous order for the Obama administration to compromise with the Little Sisters, but that never happened.
Now it appears the Trump administration is taking action.
A leaked document, dated May 23, obtained by Vox, states that any employer will be allowed to request an exemption to the mandate based on moral or religious grounds.
Presently, only churches and some companies are exempt, but the new rule will broaden that, The Hill reports.
Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order requiring that the government address “conscience-based objections” to the mandate.
Democrats are already threatening to fight the proposal, claiming that it would prevent some women from having access to birth control.
Under the Trump administration exemption, employers would have to notify employees if their health plans do not include free contraception, and employees would simply have to cover the cost themselves.
When President Trump signed the Religious Freedom Executive Order on May 4, he said, “With this executive order, we are ending the attacks on your religious liberty, and we are proudly reaffirming America’s leadership role as a nation that protects religious freedom for everyone.”
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