Women react locally to Trump Administration’s new mandate

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Miranda Barnewall didn’t react to the news of President Trump’s new mandate very well Friday.

“I don’t think it’s taking into account my thoughts [and] my needs. I think it’s taking into account what the employer wants,” she said.

She isn’t alone. Across the country, many fear the new rules, which would roll back an Obama-era policy that employer-provided health insurance policies must cover birth control methods at no cost to women.

Employers, like nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies, could stop offering contraceptives through their health insurance plans if they have a “sincerely held religious or moral objection.”

The National Women’s Law center spoke to that fear.

“We don’t know how many are going to take advantage of this, but we know 100’s of thousands of women who have this now, are at risk. They might lose this important coverage that’s done so much for them,” Gretchen Borchelt said.
Joanna Ramsey says she doesn’t agree with Trump’s mandate, either.

To Ramsey, birth control serves more than one purpose.

“It should be rightfully given to people for medical reasons. People are on birth control beyond just avoiding pregnancy. People are on it for pain,” she said.

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