Politics

New Republican Bill Would Allow Employers to Ban Contraception Coverage

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) authored a labor, health, and education spending bill, on Tuesday, that would allow employers to deny contraception coverage for “moral reasons.”

The proposed law would also stop Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving federal funding until Planned Parenthood certifies that it no longer offers abortions, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds on abortion services, per the Hyde Amendment.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) said the bill “reflects our strong commitment to reduce over-regulation and unnecessary, ineffective spending that feeds the nation’s deficits and hampers economic growth.”

HuffingtonPost.com reports:

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The legislation also states that none of its funds can be used to carry out the Title X family planning program [signed into law by President Nixon] or be used to “implement, administer, enforce, or further the provisions” of the Affordable Care Act.

The bill scraps the provision in Obamacare that requires insurance plans to cover birth control and other preventative health services, allowing any issuer or sponsor of a group health insurance plan to refuse to cover any health care service “on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions.” It also increases restrictions on educating abortion physicians beyond current law and allocates $20 million for “competitive grants to provide abstinence education to adolescents.”