Docs say Trump ig­nores birth con­trol sci­ence

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION + WORLD -

WASHINGTON » The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new birth con­trol rule is rais­ing ques­tions among some women’s health ex­perts, who say it over­looks known ben­e­fits of con­tra­cep­tion while se­lec­tively cit­ing data that raise doubts about ef­fec­tive­ness and safety.

“This rule is list­ing things that are not sci­en­tif­i­cally val­i­dated, and in some cases things that are wrong, to try to jus­tify a de­ci­sion that is not in the best in­ter­ests of women and so­ci­ety,” said Dr. Hal Lawrence, CEO of the Amer­i­can Con­gress of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­ne­col­o­gists, which rep­re­sents women’s health spe­cial­ists.

Two re­cently is­sued rules — one ad­dress­ing re­li­gious ob­jec­tions and the other, moral ob­jec­tions — al­low more em­ploy­ers to opt out of cov­er­ing birth con­trol as a free preven­tive ben­e­fit for women un­der the Obama health care law. Al­though the reg­u­la­tions ul­ti­mately con­cern mat­ters of con­science and re­li­gious teach­ing, they also dive into med­i­cal re­search and schol­arly stud­ies on birth con­trol.

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