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Doubtful Science Behind Arguments to Restrict Birth Control Access

In a new rule about coverage of contraception, the Trump administration argues against the positives of birth control and highlights potential harms. But those claims don’t stand up to scrutiny.

The new rule weakens the mandate for health coverage of contraception under the Affordable Care Act, giving more leeway to employers with religious or moral objections. It’s a move with many legal and economic implications, but my interest here is with the science — specifically with the assertions made by the Department of Health and Human Services about the benefits and harms from contraception.

Page 44 of the 163-page document begins an effort to dismantle many of the arguments for contraceptive use. It first focuses on unintended

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