SIOUX FALLS, S.D (KSFY) – The Trump Administration rolled back an Obama-era mandate on Friday, that allows women access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).The rollback creates two rules — allowing employers to opt out of insurance coverage for religious or moral objections.”Fifty-five million women benefit from this mandate and they could stand to lose their freebirth control,” said Samantha Spawn, executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota. “The pill ranges anywhere from $5 to $55 per month. The most effective form of contraceptive is an IUD (inter-uterine device) and without insurance that can run about a thousand dollars.”The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) says the new rules, “will not affect over 99.9 percent of the 165 million women in the United States.” HHS added that the exemptions will likely only have an impact about 200 employers that have filed lawsuits based on religious or moral objections.”The President believes freedom to practice one’s faith is a fundamental in this country,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Friday.And so do South Dakota’s lawmakers.Rep. Kristi Noem issued this statement to KSFY:“The Obama administration spent the last eight years chipping away at our religious liberties. I am thrilled to see President Trump uphold our constitutional rights and give family-owned businesses the freedom to live out their moral and religious beliefs.”Spokespersons for Senators Rounds and Thune said both of them also agree with the President’s decision.But advocates disagree.”Religious liberties should never be used as a license to discriminate, which is what is being done,” said Spawn.
HARLEM, Manhattan — Two fetuses were found in Harlem overnight and investigators are continuing to search for a third newborn in Queens, police said Friday.
A fetus was found in a waste treatment facility on West 135th Street near 12th Avenue in Harlem Thursday around 11:40 p.m., police said Friday.
The fetus is of unknown age and gender, and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS, according to police. The medical examiner will determine the baby’s cause of death.
This discovery was made after police responded to a Manhattan hospital where a 23-year-old woman arrived Thursday afternoon after allegedly giving birth and disposing of the fetus.
The woman allegedly told police the general location of the fetus, and police found the newborn in the trash outside a Harlem home on Amsterdam Avenue between West 131 and West 133 streets, NYPD officials said.
Friday’s investigations come two days after another 23-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in Richmond Hill, Queens, complaining of severe abdominal pain and trauma, police said.
The woman showed evidence of having given birth and told officials she delivered a baby on Sunday that was not responsive so she disposed of it, police said.
That fetus has not been located, police said Friday.
Charges have not yet been filed in any of the instances.
In New York, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner, according the state website.
According to the site:
A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.
Under this law, parents may leave the newborn at places such as a hospital, fire station or with police.
For more information regarding the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, call 1-866-505-SAFE (7233).
A list of free or low-cost services for expectant mothers, new mothers and women who have lost pregnancies across the five boroughs can be found here.