President Donald Trump may soon be rolling back a requirement of employers to cover the cost of their worker’s contraceptives.
Conservative groups have lobbied against the mandate since former President Barack Obama signed it into law.
Per Daily Wire:
Religious conservatives hoping Trump would fulfill his promise on religious freedom, especially the rollback on Obamacare’s HHS mandate that forced employers to pay for their workers’ contraception in violation of their religious beliefs, may finally get their wish.
The Wall Street Journalreports that “Federal health officials are expected to finalize a regulation that would allow employers with religious or moral objections to birth control to omit coverage for contraception from their workers’ plans, according to two people familiar with its contents.”
The regulation has similarities to an earlier, leaked draft, which allows for a wider pool of business, not just “closely held” private companies, to opt out of the Obamacare mandate.
The rollback would be a huge win for conservatives, with many of them vocalizing their interest in Trump’s decision:
Pro-Life groups welcome the news and hope Trump will carry out this promise swiftly.
“We applaud the Trump administration for rolling back the contraception mandate,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “No person or group should be forced to pay for something that goes against their religious or moral beliefs by bureaucrats in Washington, especially drugs that have been proven to harm women and potentially end the life of an early human being.”
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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also applaud the news, saying it “would go a very long way to restoring religious freedom and conscience rights.”
“We’ve been dealing with this mandate for over six years now,” said Hillary Byrnes, assistant general counsel. “A lot of people thought the administration would do something pretty quickly, yet here we are in August.”