President Pious

President Pussy Grabber is doing his best to make it more difficult for women to get contraception. I hope Princess Ivanka comes darting out to tell us how empowering this is.

The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge.

No, that they would no long have access to birth control as part of their insurance. It was never “free of charge”; it was included in insurance coverage.

The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds. The decision, anticipated from the Trump administration for months, is the latest twist in a seesawing legal and ideological fight that has surrounded this aspect of the 2010 health-care law nearly from the start.

What could be more edifying than seeing President “you can grab them by the pussy” making it more difficult for women to get contraception on “moral” grounds? You can grab them by the pussy, and they can’t even get contraception through their employee health insurance; hahaha it sucks to be a woman doesn’t it.

As part of the rule, made publicly available in the Federal Register late Friday morning, administration officials estimate that 120,000 women at most will lose access to free contraceptives — many fewer than critics predict.

They’re not free. Wouldn’t you think journalists for the Post could get this right? They’re part of employer-based insurance. That’s not the same thing as free – it’s part of their compensation, that they work for.

The rule follows some social conservatives’ increasing frustration with the pace at which the Trump administration has addressed their demands on issues such as the ACA contraception requirement. “An awful lot of people who voted for this president did so believing this was going to be something he would solve,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who hailed the rule as a correction of overly aggressive liberal actions under President Barack Obama. “There are other ways to get contraceptives. You don’t need to force nuns to give people contraception.”

Nuns, and the Catholic church more broadly, don’t need to try to run the lives of everyone who works for them. And they don’t give the contraception in any case; they provide insurance coverage that includes it. It’s an included benefit, not a donation.

In his sweeping May 4 executive order on free speech and religious liberty, Trump directed his Cabinet to address the concerns of those who had “conscience-based objections” to contraceptive coverage.

In previewing the rule for reporters, Roger Severino, director of HHS’s office for civil rights and a longtime proponent of religious liberties, reiterated Trump’s May pledge from the Rose Garden. The president had promised that “we will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced any more . . . We are ending the attacks on religious liberties.”

On Friday, Severino elaborated: “That was a promise made, and this is the promise kept. … We should have space for organizations to live out their religious identity and not face discrimination because of their faith.”

But not, of course, for women to live without fear of unwanted pregnancy.

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