Trump Administration Moves to Reverse Birth Control Requirement for Religious Employers

A proposed rule to reverse a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans has been announced by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The requirement for free birth control coverage was part of the Affordable Care Act, but triggered numerous lawsuits by employers with religious objections, The New York Times reported.

On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order instructing three cabinet departments to consider changes to "address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate."

The White House Office of Management and Budget's website says it is reviewing an "interim final rule" to relax the requirement, a move that will likely lead to a court challenge by women's rights groups, The Times reported.

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