Last Friday, President Trump removed the Obamacare mandate that requires employers to provide access to free birth control as part of healthcare coverage.
The left unleashed immense backlash, falsely claiming that Trump was denying women birth control. Several states have sued the Trump administration for this decision. Democratic Congressmen and organizations such as NARAL (the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) and Planned Parenthood released statements such as the following:
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 6, 2017
Trump is not denying anyone birth control. He is not taking away anyone’s right to purchase it. He is not attacking “reproductive freedom,” which refers to a woman’s ability to chose when or if she will have children. This is possibly the worst argument against Trump’s decision. A woman is not any less free to choose to have sex or not simply because she is not given free birth control.
Rather, Trump is restoring the freedom of religion to employers who should not be obligated to pay for birth control if they have moral objections to it.
Many employers do not condone the use of birth control for faith-based reasons. According to the first amendment, they should not have to pay for it if it violates their religious convictions. It is not at all about oppressing women or making birth control inaccessible, as the left would have you believe.
Trump’s decision is in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. The court ruled that requiring private corporations to cover birth control under the Affordable Care Act violated religious freedom.
Furthermore, studies show that as more people have gained access to contraceptives, the percentage of the population with sexually transmitted diseases has increased significantly. That seems pretty counterproductive to “healthcare”.
A possible downside to this decision is that it could lead to an increase in abortions. A study conducted in 2012 of over 9,000 women found that when free birth control is available to women, unplanned pregnancies and abortions decreased by between 62 and 78 percent.
This is a difficult decision for people of faith who do not want to fund birth control, but also do not want to see the abortion rate rise. It is a choice of the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix legislatively speaking. This is a cultural problem that needs cultural solutions.
Ultimately, Trump’s decision was right. It is the employer’s constitutional right to decide whether he or she will provide free healthcare, especially free healthcare that affects their consciences.