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    Posted: October 06 2017 at 2:40pm

Trump rolls back access to free birth control

Media captionWill Trump let Obamacare 'implode'?

Donald Trump's government has issued a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to millions of Americans.

The rule allows employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their "religious beliefs" or "moral convictions".

Fifty-five million women benefited from the Obama-era rule, which made companies provide free birth control.

As a candidate, Mr Trump had pledged to eliminate that requirement.

What happened?

The mandate requiring birth control coverage had been a key feature of so-called Obamacare - President Obama's efforts to overhaul the US healthcare system.

But the requirement included a provision that permitted religious institutions to forgo birth control coverage for their employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday it was important to expand which organisations can opt out and deny free contraceptive coverage.

"We should have space for organisations to live out their religious ideas and not face discrimination because of their religious ideas," said one HHS official, who did not wish to be named.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, praised the decision as "a landmark day for religious liberty".

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National National Women's Law Center have announced that they will sue the federal government over the decision.

Why was the decision made?

In announcing the rule change, HHS officials cited a study claiming that access to contraception encourages "risky sexual behaviour".

The department disputes reports that millions of women may lose their birth control coverage if they are unable to pay for it themselves.

Roger Severino, the director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights, argued that only a small percentage of employers will choose to opt out, and therefore only a limited number of women will be affected.

But many health policy analysts say employers that do not wish to pay for their employees' contraceptive coverage will now be able to.

Will you be affected by this decision? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

Protesters outside the Supreme Court in March when lawsuits were filed against the Obama-era ruleImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionProtesters outside the Supreme Court in March when lawsuits were filed against the Obama-era rule

How have women's groups reacted?

By Nada Tawfik, BBC News, New York

The immediate outcry from the president's detractors has been that this is an attack on women.

Birth control is used for a variety of reasons. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is, of course, one of them. But it can also be used to treat medical conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was blunt. They said the decision undermined the best interests of their patients and turned back the clock on women's health.

Another women's advocacy organisation, UltraViolet, said employers and insurers now needed to pick a side, asking if they stood "with Donald Trump and his attacks on women," or "the women who depend on your coverage?"

The administration says only a limited number of women will be affected.

Whether or not that is true, the president is being criticized for politicising women's bodies and health to score political points with his base.

Nuns and other religious figures protested against the Obamacare mandateImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionNuns and other religious figures protested against the Obamacare mandate

Is there a political price to pay?

By Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

The contraceptive coverage mandate had become a hotly contested legal battleground since Obamacare passed in 2009 - with the Democratic administration aggressively pushing back against attempts to carve out sweeping religious exemptions to the women's health provisions of the law.

With Donald Trump now in charge, the dynamic has been turned on its head. Now the White House will be much more lenient in granting waivers, and Obamacare's defenders are the ones turning to the courts for a remedy.

The move will be celebrated by religious groups and conservatives - a tangible benefit of their presidential victory last year.

There's a risk of blowback outside the Republican Party's evangelical base, however.

According to some estimates, the contraceptive mandate saved women $1.4bn in its first year in effect. The decision could deal a direct financial blow to women across the US - something they might remember when they head to the polls in 2018.

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This is simple cost cutting.  Trump's government has already made access to abortion harder.  Both cost money.  If it were because he hated the idea of abortion, then the birth control needed to be more freely available, not less.

This policy along with its abortion counterpart will force many young women into "back street" abortions, which will increase the amount of abortion DEATHS.  If that is a Christian policy, then Something Jesus said got mis-translated somewhere.  I always understood him to be forgiving, kind and loving.

Whereas under no circumstances could I have ever have had one, I believe that abortion is the lesser of two  (or even three) evils.  The greatest evil abortion could ever be is as a substitute for sensible birth control, which this policy will encourage.

Oh well, He is backing the space race again,  https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/06/30/trump-signs-order-re-creating-long-dormant-national-space-council/    maybe we can find somewhere else to go when our overpopulation has completely destroyed this planet.
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Agreed, Carbon.

Let's hope that none of Trump's, or any of the other anti-abortion idiots', children get raped and made pregnant, or find their wives, or daughters in a situation where pregnancy, or giving birth at full term, would put them in serious jeopardy.  Losing a wife that you love, as I nearly did through having a baby develop in the fallopian tubes, thus having to have it removed, as a tiny two inch long mini human, would be seen as abortion by religionist fanatics,.  But, how would they feel about their God as they watched their wife die screaming in agony, or their daughter not being able to stand to look at her own child, if it was produced by rape; and maybe, in a moment of remembered horror killing that child.  Then being charged with murder, strapped to a board and drugs injected into them to stop their heart and their breathing; again an agonizing way to die.  

But then state murder is looked upon as normal by those whose God told them "Judge not, lest thee be judged." and "Thou shalt not kill."  Still, must be expected from people who employed one of the world's earliest forms of biological warfare, as part of their genocidal distribution of smallpox infected blankets to the inconvenient natives, whose land and lives they stole.

All the people of America, regardless of class, race or creed need to look into the mirror and say: "Would I want this, if it affected me?"  For it is only upon that form of judgement that honest faith is based.
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