“The Trump administration introduced new rules this month (November 14th) — similar to rules already blocked by federal courts — that would allow non-profits, private businesses, and universities to refuse to cover birth control in their insurance policies based on “moral or religious” objections. This new attack is a blatant attempt to allow our employers to control our choices, our bodies, and our lives. “
The above is from the NARAL petition site. It goes along with this email NARAL sent Wednesday. As I understand it the new rules go into effect 60 days from when they were issued:
In some areas women are already trying to take care of themselves or forming small groups to fight the administration’s proposed new rules. They know, as we all do, that Women’s reproductive rights are one of the top targets for the religious right in this country. From the unlikely source Marketwatch comes this story of some things that women are doing to try to hold off the monsters:
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, many women and reproductive rights activists were worried about what his presidency would mean for family planning services like abortion and birth control.
Some started took matters into their own hands.
Melanie Roven, a 29-year-old brand director in New York City, began stockpiling Plan B, an over-the-counter emergency birth control, early in Trump’s campaign for president, she told MarketWatch.
“It was kind of a joke at first, but as he started forming policy ideas I realized I should actually do this,” she said.
Plan B has a shelf life of up to four years and retails for around $50. Roven now has five boxes sitting in her bathroom. (Another emergency birth control, Take Action, retails for $35.)”
More at the link.
With the ascension of Brett Kavanaugh to the SCOTUS we can expect a 5-4 fairly hardline against women’s rights. We are now already in the 2020 presidential election cycle. Trump got his ass handed to him in the midterms. We all know he will use anything he can to win again, so using the government machinery to stop choice legally or not to keep the evangelicals voting for him is right in Trump’s plan.