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Religious groups urge Trump admin to finalize birth control rule

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A handful of conservative and religious groups met with Trump administration officials this summer and urged the White House to move forward with a pending rule that would roll back the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers include birth control in their heath care plans without charging a co-pay, according to open meeting records. The rule is expected to be released soon.

Who's met with Trump officials: Researchers at the Heritage Foundation, lawyers at the First Liberty Institute, and lawyers at the Ethics & Liberty Religious Commission. Each group has fiercely supported stripping away the ACA's birth-control mandate.

Between the lines: These are Trump-friendly groups, and some members have had roles in the administration. Their meetings add weight to the belief the rule will move forward as drafted, and prompt legal fights from women's rights groups.