Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rule Allowing Employers to Opt Out Of Birth Control Coverage

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Image via AP.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to ease rules that require employers to offer birth control coverage, arguing that the proposal poses a danger to women’s health.

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We can direct our thanks in this particular war to Philadelphia Federal District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone, who wrote that the rule blatantly contradicts the still extant-Affordable Care Act by allowing employers to opt out of offering contraception coverage if doing so clashes with their religion or morals. The injunction came after state Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the administration on the basis that the asinine new rules are deeply harmful to women.

Beetlestone agreed, writing that“a simple hypothetical illustrates the insidious effect” of the rule:

“It would allow an employer with a sincerely held moral conviction that women do not have a place in the workplace to simply stop providing contraceptive coverage.”

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She also pointed to the portion of the rule that allowed for objection on moral grounds, saying it “conjured up a world where a government entity is empowered to impose its own version of morality on each one of us. That cannot be right.”

Under Obamacare, the law requires most companies (except religious organizations) to cover birth control for employees, including co-pays. The new rule would increase the categories of employers—including publicly traded companies—that could opt out, needing only to cite religious or moral objections.

A study commissioned by the Obama administration found that more than 55 million women have access to contraceptives without co-payments as a result of the mandate.

The states of California, Washington, and Massachusetts have also sued the Trump administration over the rules; Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia signed on to California’s effort.

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In Oakland, a federal judge heard arguments on Tuesday, and is expected to issue a ruling presently.

Night blogger at Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

johnseavey
johnseavey

This pisses me off so much. Birth control is prescribed for so many conditions (primarily because so little attention is paid to women’s health by the medical research profession that it’s still the best option for a lot of conditions that modern medicine shrugs its shoulders at and says, “Eh, it’s probably a ladyparts thing”) that this will seriously hurt a lot of women who don’t even take the stuff to avoid pregnancy.

And of course, WHO FUCKING CARES IF THEY DO BECAUSE THEIR SEX LIVES ARE NOT THEIR EMPLOYERS’ BUSINESS ARRRRRGH HOW CAN THE “PARTY OF SMALL GOVERNMENT” DO THIS WITHOUT THEIR FUCKING HEADS EXPLODING FROM CONTAINING SUCH OBVIOUSLY CONTRADICTORY IDEAS ARRGH ARRRGH ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH

(pants like Animal after a drum solo)

In closing, Trump and his entire fucking government can go fuck themselves with a rusty rototiller.