How 6 women's health organizations responded to the birth control mandate rollback

The Trump administration widened the range of exemptions on Friday that employers can claim to end coverage of contraceptives.

Women’s health organizations jumped into action on Friday after President Donald Trump rolled back parts of the mandate requiring employers to cover women’s birth control.

The mandate was a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, employers could only be exempt if they were "closely held corporations," a decision reached after Hobby Lobby’s well-publicized court battle in 2014. The new rules allows any company - public, private, or nonprofit - to opt out for religious or moral objections.

Many women’s health organizations have also been fighting the 20-week abortion ban, which was passed by the House of Representatives this week. They switch gears on Friday morning, with many using the rallying hashtag #HandsOffMyBC. Some groups said they will fight the rule change in court.

Center for Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood

National Women’s Law Center

National Women's Health Network

Human Rights Campaign

Physicians for Reproductive Health

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