Obamacare’s birth control mandate requires employers to offer birth control coverage at no additional cost to their employees, and has significantly reduced people’s out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. One study estimates that women saved $1.4 billion on the birth control pill alone in 2013.This doesn't include the cost of unwanted pregnancies. Nor does it tally the number of women who might have opted for abortion because of them.
Officials proposed regulations last year to prohibit health care providers that offer abortion services — like Planned Parenthood — from participating in the Title X family planning program, and to bar clinics from saying abortion during pregnancy counseling. [Arkansas cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid and is being sued over it.]UPDATE: The judge in Pennsylvania stayed the Trump order throughout the U.S. because of the harm it would cause. Perhaps Leslie Rutledge can now intervene to overturn that order.
A final version of the so-called Title X “gag rule” is expected to be released any day now — likely after the partial government shutdown ends, sources tell ThinkProgress.
The Trump administration says patients whose employers won’t offer them birth control coverage because of a religious or moral exemption can go to Title X clinics to get contraception.
But officials also proposed eliminating the requirement that Title X providers offer the full range of family planning methods, and want to direct money to religiously-affiliated organizations that promote abstinence as a method of family planning.