The FAQs: Proposed Regulation Could End the Contraceptive-Abortifacient Mandate

Joe Carter | June 2, 2017

In 2012 and 2013, TGC produced a list of frequently asked questions about the Obama administration’s controversial contraception-abortifacient mandate. Since the Trump administration has proposed a rule change that will address the concerns religious organizations have about the abortion/contraceptive mandate, we’re updating that article to include more recent information. The newer updates are posted first with the original information posted below.

What’s the most recent news about the contraceptive-abortifacient mandate?

The Office of Management and Budget recently reported that an interim final rule on Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act is pending regulatory review. A draft of that regulation was leaked to the media. While it is unknown whether the 125-page proposal will be approved as written, it signals the intent of the Trump administration on the mandate.

What is the proposed change by the Trump administration?

The new rule would allow any employer or health insurance provider to request a religious exemption because of moral or religious to contraceptives and/or abortifacients. According to the leaked proposal, “Expanding the exemption removes religious and moral obstacles that entities and certain individuals may face who otherwise wish to participate in the healthcare market.”

How will employers get the

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