Now, critics worry numerous more than 62 million women who currently have access to birth control with Obamacare will soon have to foot the bill themselves. In addition, an estimated 762,000 women who take a birth control pill (7 percent) have never had sex, according to the study, which was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization.
"Most pharmacies offer generic birth control pills between $20 and $30 a month, so it's an affordable option if you don't have insurance coverage", Trandem explained, "Pharmacies do differ on their generic options, so it's important to call around and check different pharmacies".
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Wednesday became the latest to sue the Trump administration over its move to roll back the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate. The law allows a few exemptions for employers who claim religious or moral objections.
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As for next week's summit, the EU Council said in a statement that the summit on Brexit and the future of Europe will take place according to schedule.
Trump's administration issued the new rules October 6, allowing a broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds. However, this new change in regulation loosens the binds on the definition of "religious affiliation" and opens the gates for any employer to deny their employees full healthcare coverage.
Healey filed the legal challenge in U.S. District Court in Boston, contending the president's decision "discriminates against women and denies equal protection under the law by allowing employers to assert religious beliefs as a justification for denying critical benefits, while leaving coverage for men unchanged". Lawsuits have also been filed in MA and California halting the legislation from being implemented on the basis that it violates the First Amendment regarding the government's respect of establishment of religion.
The new mandate is part of a concerning trend in the Trump administration and Republican leadership in Congress attempting to strip away women's rights. Shapiro argues that the decision violates the 5th Amendment, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act.
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