Protect Access to Birth Control
All women should have access to contraception without co-pays, no matter where they work or who their boss is.
Widely used and overwhelmingly popular, 99 percent of sexually active American women have used contraception at some point in their lives. Birth control is basic preventive health care, an individual choice, and an economic issue. Here’s why protecting access to affordable birth control matters:
• The typical woman spends five years pregnant, postpartum, or trying to get pregnant, and 30 years trying not to get pregnant. So for women, this is a common sense issue.
• Birth control is fundamental to improving women’s health and the health of their families. For example, improved access to birth control is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality.
• The birth control coverage benefit was a huge advancement for many women who struggle with the cost of birth control. This benefit ensures that millions of women will have access to affordable birth control, which can sometimes cost up to $600 per year.
Unfortunately, the critical nature of these benefits doesn’t appear to slow down birth control opponents across the country who are continuing to try and take away these basic preventive health care benefits from working women. Here is the reality:
• Taking away this benefit would mean that millions of women would have to pay hundreds of dollars each year in costly co-pays for birth control.
• Nineteen percent of women have tried to save money by inconsistently using birth control.
• Seventy-seven percent of Americans say that birth control should not even be part of the national political debate.
Lawmakers and politicians who oppose women’s health want to turn back the clock, especially when it comes to birth control.
In the states, lawmakers are pushing so-called “personhood” measures, which could ban some common forms of birth control. At both the federal and state level, lawmakers are working to pass provisions like the Blunt amendment that would allow employers to deny coverage for any health care service that they object to - including coverage for birth control.
We can’t let them take away our birth control. We need to watch where candidates and elected officials stand on this critical issue.
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