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Trump Administration Issues Rules Permitting Birth Control Coverage Exemption

The Trump administration issued two rules on Wednesday that will permit some employers to opt out of providing coverage for birth control based on religious or moral grounds.

The first rule provides an exemption to companies that object to birth control coverage due to “religious beliefs,” while the second offers a “non-religious moral convictions” exemption. The former will particularly apply to religious organizations while the second exemption will be available primarily to nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Publicly traded companies and governments will not be permitted to claim these exemptions.