The Trump Administration against Contraceptives


When the Trump administration issued a new rule regarding contraceptives, they concentrated on the shortcomings of the process rather than the benefits. In fact, the administration claimed that there are more potential harms than good. However, it has emerged that most of these claims don’t stand up to the scrutiny they are subjected to. The new rule says that women should not be covered by the Affordable Care Act on issues relating to birth control. This gives employers more power on this contentious issues. Employers who are likely to abuse this law include those with moral objections or religious objections. However, while this move may have a lot of economic and legal implications, the implications that don’t make a lot of sense are the scientific ones. This includes the assertions that have been by the Department of Health and Human Services and the ones touching on the harms and benefits of contraception. In one of the arguments, the health department writes about unintended pregnancies and reviews several studies from the Institute of Medicine report. To cut the long story short, all the department wants to achieve is to open a broad topic that links unintended pregnancy, contraceptive access, and contraceptive use.

What scientists and scholars have agreed over the years is that the use of contraceptives can reduce the chances of unintended pregnancies. At the same time, the same people have agreed that when access to contraceptive is increased, there is a rise in the number of people using contraceptives. The question that the United States government should address is whether there are benefits that arise from giving women contraceptives. According to the health department, it noted that the percentage of sexually experienced women who used contraceptives in the US rose to 98 percent from 1972 to 2002. The number of inexperienced rose to 49 percent from 35. 4 percent. The report further said that the state was not surprised whether the experienced women used contraception, the issue is whether they used the effective ones on a regular basis. In the year 2011, the health department said that unintended pregnancies dropped to 30 percent making it the smallest number in years. The people who carried out this study associated the low number to highly effective and reliable contraceptives. The health department argues that there are negative changes that can result from the use of contraceptives such as mood changes, spotting, and nausea.


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