As reported by ABC News, the Trump administration is working so that employers no longer have to provide birth control for their workers.
New Mandates on Birth Control in America
First and foremost, employers with religious objections to birth control will no longer be mandated to provide it to employees. Also, small businesses and organizations shall have the option of not providing birth control due to moral reasons.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the following statement regarding the new policy change:
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shared similar sentiments:
However, not everyone shared such an optimistic view. Mark Herring, Virginia State Attorney General, views the birth control mandate very differently:
“Today’s decision by the Trump administration puts healthcare decisions in the hands of a woman’s employer, which is so demeaning, discriminatory, and dangerous that it’s hard to put it into words. We have been anticipating this awful idea and have already begun working with other states to evaluate any legal response that may be appropriate to protect our citizens’ private decisions and access to affordable healthcare.”
Response From The American People
Similarly to responses from politicians, the American people’s feedback on the birth control mandate is a mixed bag.
Many liberals oppose the mandate. They believe it “sets back” women’s rights and hurts those who cannot afford birth control. The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit.
Conversely, conservatives view the mandate differently. They believe it protects the rights of business owners. Many have expressed their views that women ought to be responsible for funding their own sex lives.
The issue of birth control is currently a trending topic on social media. Additional updates to this report will follow as new developments arise.