The Trump administration has allowed companies to opt out of giving their employees birth control and is misusing data to overstate its downsides, asserts Julia Belluz of Vox. From now on, employers will be able to cite moral or religious reasons for no longer offering insurance that covers birth control. The government has alleged that birth control leads to riskier sex and has bad side effects, both of which are untrue. Birth control has all but proven to reduce pregnancies and benefit the people that use it. In a bid to satisfy religious anti-birth control voices, President Trump has allowed this issue to become a political pawn.
Allowing employers to opt out of covering birth control was a good move because doing so shouldn’t be forced upon those that strongly oppose birth control, infers Kevin D. Williamson. The liberal backlash to this story paints a picture of Republicans confiscating all the birth control available to women. This is not the case. In fact, the GOP advocates women being able to buy their birth control over-the-counter outside of work. The issue is that it is unfair to force every company to provide it, no matter what their ideology is. America has always been religiously diverse. This decision respects that not everyone thinks the same way.