ACLU Comment on Trump Administration Contraceptive Rule

November 7, 2018 3:45 pm

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NEW YORK — The Trump administration issued final regulations today that would allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral exemption that enables it to deny any employee insurance coverage for contraception.

Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following reaction:

“This rule will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly women, to get the health care coverage they need. This rule will be used as a license to discriminate and represents a chilling return to the days when the government treated women’s sexuality, and thus contraception, as immoral, perpetuating harmful stereotypes that have long been used to discriminate against women.

“The proposed rule was the subject of multiple lawsuits with two courts deciding against the Trump administration. We continue to stand with women and those who use reproductive health care services and will do so in the streets and in the courts.”

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