In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that companies that provided prescription drugs to their employees but didn't provide birth control were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. That opinion, which the George W. Bush administration did nothing to alter or withdraw when it took office the next month, is still in effect today -- and because it relies on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. Employers that don't offer prescription coverage or don't offer insurance at all are exempt, because they treat men and women equally -- but under the EEOC's interpretation of the law, you can't offer other preventative care coverage without offering birth control coverage, too. Obama Birth Control Rule Was Law During Bush Years I knew it. But under a black president? What was "legal"? No racism here. No double standard here. No hypocrisy here.