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Planned Parenthood Responds To Trump’s New Birth Control Rules

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The rules go into effect immediately with a public comment period ending Dec. 5.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says President Donald Trump’s decision to let some employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control could threaten coverage for 62 million Americans.

Under the new rules announced Friday, more employers can opt out of providing no-cost birth control by claiming religious or moral objections.

Employers with religious or moral qualms will also be able to cover some birth control methods but not others. Experts said that could interfere with efforts to promote modern long-acting implantable contraceptives, such as IUDs, which are more expensive.

“Birth control is essential health care that benefits women and families across Indiana and Kentucky,” Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President and CEO Christie Gillespie says in a statement. “We’re talking about a fundamental right: the right to decide whether and when you want to have children. And many people rely on birth control to help with a variety of reproductive health issues, such as endometriosis.”

The new policy was a long-anticipated revision to Affordable Care Act requirements that most companies cover birth control as preventive care for women, at no additional cost. That Obama-era requirement applies to all FDA-approved methods, including the morning-after pill. Some religious conservatives call the pill an abortion drug, though scientists say it has no effect on women who are already pregnant.

As a result of the ACA, most women no longer pay for contraceptives. Several advocacy groups immediately announced plans to try to block the Trump administration rule.

“We are preparing to see the government in court,” said Brigitte Amiri, a senior attorney for the ACLU.

Catholic bishops called the administration’s move a “return to common sense.”

The new rules take effect immediately.

Barbara Brosher contributed to this report. 

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  • bengal tiger

    Our Dotard-n-Chief just can’t help himself. Gotta keep women in their place.

    Off topic, but have you noticed nearly every time that Dotard’s mail-order bride is with him, she walks about two steps behind him.

  • ohhhh

    You can’t pay for your own birth control like a big girl?

  • bengal tiger

    If I were a woman, I’d want equal treatment that we men get from our insurance providers. That is … most pay nearly the full boat for erectile dysfunction drugs. How did this happen? Men are the majority seat holders in this country’s Legislative offices. Having a different standard for women is just ludicrous.

    It’s been a long standing policy of the GOP to control women and specifically, women’s vaginas.

    So, I guess going forward, you’ll be paying the full boat for your stiffy drugs, right?

  • ohhhh

    My understanding is that if it is used for blood pressure it is covered, for erectile dysfunction not so much. I guess if you have proof that doctors aren’t prescribing it that way you could have a pretty big insurance fraud case you should present to your insurance, I am sure they would appreciate it.

    No one is blocking their access to birth control, they are just refusing to pay for it.

  • bengal tiger

    -) First I’ve heard of a stiffy drug used for a ‘blood pressure’ issue. In fact, they warn users on BP meds on taking an ED drug.

    -) I did miss-speak. Not all insurance providers pay for ED drugs. I said ‘most pay’ and that is not correct.

    Do you or do you not agree that, over the long run, it is cheaper for us taxpayers to pay for contraception Vs a lifetime of social services costs?

  • ohhhh

    There are medical publications on it, go do so some research on the impacts on the heart.

    I don’t know, i havent benchmarked the possible impact. if I am supposed to stay out of someone’s bedroom why should I pay for their contraceptive?

  • bengal tiger

    So you don’t have to pay for their grocery and utility bills.

  • ohhhh

    Or people could be responsible for themselves and not rely on the government for everything.

  • bengal tiger

    Who’s going to take care of the mentally ill and the elderly?

  • ohhhh

    That’s a different topic, the discussion is on having people take care of their own birth control.

  • bengal tiger

    I did’t realize that “relying on the Government for everything” was just limited to contraception.

  • ohhhh

    So you agree the government and employer should stay out of folks bedrooms right?

  • bengal tiger

    I don’t like that it’s through our employers that most folks get their insurance.

    And having insurance cover women’s various forms of contraception, many of which are more effective, than condoms, is really a no brainer, imo.

  • ohhhh

    Then don’t get it through your employer.

    Also don’t complain when you demand they take care of your contraceptive that they try to control other aspects of your health life.

  • bengal tiger

    I don’t.

    It’s called wellness. Since I take care of myself, it’s not an issue. They just need to keep their morals to themselves.

  • ohhhh

    Those pesky morals, how dare they run a business with morals.

    Not covering something is not denying access to it, if you want to do grown up things you have to pay for it.

  • bengal tiger

    If you the (employer) are going to offer insurance, offer insurance without strings. Strings are beginning to exist at the smaller companies. Which is why I don’t think employer offered insurance plans are the right way to go.

    About those pesky morals, you’re in business to make money by offering a service or widget to the public. You serve the public, many who do not share your morals.

  • ohhhh

    The public is free to go elsewhere then right, the market will sort it out.

    The employer has no obligation to offer you anything, if you don’t like what they have get another job or go buy your own. These aren’t hard concepts.

    “Keep your hands off my birth control”

    “Pay for my birth control”

    Pick one.

  • bengal tiger

    The ‘market’ is why the ACA was came about.

    Like I said, employers offering medical insurance as part of salary is a BAD idea. I understand the history, should have changed decades ago.

    Dotard’s world …. women are second class.

  • ohhhh

    it’s less than a dollar a day, no one is stopping them from buying it.

  • bengal tiger

    Which type are you referring to?

  • ohhhh

    which type do you need?

  • bengal tiger

    Implant

  • ohhhh

    specifically which one? I am not doing the shopping for you. I’ll wait while you go try to find the most expensive one.

  • bengal tiger

    Why not compare both ….. the most expensive and the cheapest implant forms of contraception.

  • ohhhh

    I’m not going to do that for you, even with a physician doing the implant it is still less than a dollar a day for several forms of contraception. Some of the longer acting ones arw closer to 50 centa a day.

  • bengal tiger

    Then, lets see the supporting data.

  • ohhhh

    Go look it up yourself, it is not hard to find.

  • bengal tiger

    You made the assertion in this discussion as well as in the other article, that women can purchase nearly any form of contraception for less than a dollar a day / near 50 cents a day.

    If you can’t or are unable to back up your claim, just say so.

  • ohhhh

    I am just saying I am not doing a comparative market analysis for you.

    I certainly didn’t say “nearly any form”, I am sure you made that up.

    Implants Run around 800 for 3 years so less than $1 per day.

    The pill $9 to $50 per month, many are under $1 per day and look at that, some under 50 cents a day.

    IUD 3- 12 years effectiveness, even with no insurance they work out to and cost 500 to 800 with no insurance, the math on that yields at worst (highest cost lowest time) about $2 per day and at best ($800 for 12 years is 18.2 cents per day, which isn’t really the best but you will probably whine if I calculated the best case scenario for cost and time). Again, some under 50 cents a day.

    The shot and the ring run over a $1 a day but I never said everything was less than a dollar a day, only that it could be had for a dollar a day.

  • bengal tiger

    You issued a blanket statement. It’s in black and white if you care to scroll up.

  • ohhhh

    Here is what I said since you seem to be fabricating what I claimed, “it’s less than a dollar a day, no one is stopping them from buying it.”

    I provided multiple examples of it being less than a dollar a day and never claimed all or nearly all could be had for that price, I even provided a few that were much less than 50 cents a day.

    Enjoy your evening being bitter about it, I gave you exactly what you asked for and in true liberal fashion you moved the goal posts or more appropriately kicked the pieces over crapped on the board and then strutted around like you won something.

  • bengal tiger

    Not bitter at all. Nothing was won or lost.
    Now if only big pharma would women to actually purchase implant contraception on an monthly installment plan @ $30 per month.

  • ohhhh

    the pill is the most common, whats your fascination with a more costly method?

  • bengal tiger

    What fascination? You asked for me to pick a type of contraception that could be bought for less than a dollar a day.

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