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Trump’s Birth Control Mandate Not Scientifically Sound, Researchers And Doctors Say

The rules provide moral and religious exemptions to a requirement that employers provide coverage plans that include contraception.

The Associated Press: Critics Say Trump Birth Control Rule Ignores Science
The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers. They say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety. "This rule is listing things that are not scientifically validated, and in some cases things that are wrong, to try to justify a decision that is not in the best interests of women and society," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a professional society representing women's health specialists. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 10/11)

The Oregonian: After Trump Rollback, Most Oregon Women Will Still Have No-Cost Birth Control
Last week, President Donald Trump loosened an Affordable Care Act requirement that required insurance plans to offer no-cost contraception for women, allowing more employers to opt out for moral or religious reasons. But most Oregon women won't be impacted by the move, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services reported Tuesday. ... That's because in August, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3391 into law. The bill, also called the Reproductive Health Equity Act, requires, among other things, all insurance plans to cover no-cost birth control beginning Jan. 1, 2019. (Acker, 10/10)

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