The mandate, which has been the subject of multiple legal challenges, has required employers that provide health insurance to include contraceptive coverage.
In expanding the exemption for employers, the Trump administration says there are many other sources of birth control. She lamented Trump's action given how vocal and mobilized women have been since his election.
Trump hinted at his plan to roll back the birth control mandate this spring as he signed an executive order on religious freedom, but the regulation had been tied up at his budget office for more than four months. It added that the exemptions will likely only have an impact for the roughly 200 employers that have filed lawsuits based on religious or moral objections.
The Health and Human Services Department says the change in rules will affect only a small fraction of women - an estimated 120,000 nationally.
The Supreme Court previous year ordered the Obama administration and religiously affiliated organizations, such as universities and charities, to reach agreement on an accommodation that would let employees of such groups have access to no-cost contraception. And more than 20 percent of women of childbearing age had to pay for contraception out of pocket. Religiously affiliated nonprofits have already been able to avoid directly providing contraceptive coverage, but they objected to employees still having access to birth control through their insurance companies. That and being incomprehensible, dangerously dumb, and infuriatingly the President at all times. Some of the cases reached the Supreme Court and were the object of nationwide attention, such as the Hobby Lobby ruling in 2014.
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They argue this new interim rule is unconstitutional, violating the Establish Clause and the Equal Protection. Real Alternatives lost a suit against the mandate at the Third Circuit Court in August, which ruled that their pro-life mission did not merit a religious exemption from the mandate.
Trump could deliver the new rules as early as Friday and put in jeopardy the free and low-priced birth control afforded to over 55 million people in the US.
"I think what the Trump administration is trying to do is effectively gut the rule without repealing it, because repealing it would be so unpopular", said Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for reproductive rights and health at the National Women's Law Center. No longer will Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor be forced by the government to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. Under these new exemptions, colleges and universities that provide health insurance will also be allowed to opt out of the contraceptives mandate.
"Any move to decrease access to these vital services would have damaging effects on public health and women's health", said Haywood Brown, director of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The Family Research Council, through its president, Tony Perkins, said, "After eight years of the federal government's relentless assault on the First Amendment, the Trump administration has taken concrete steps today that will once again erect a bulwark of protection around American's First Freedom - religious freedom".