The Administration Issues Final Rule Regarding Contraceptive Coverage and Religious Organizations: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Jul 01 2013

(Washington, DC)--On June 28, 2013 the Obama Administration issued a final rule ensuring that women who are insured by non-profit religious organizations will have coverage for contraception without co-pays or deductibles. It also ensures that these organizations will not have to "contract, arrange, pay or refer" for contraceptive services if they have religious objections to doing so.

"Helping ensure that women have contraceptive coverage without the burden of out-of-pocket costs--regardless of where they work or study--is an important goal," said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. "This final rule represents a serious effort to meet women's health needs while at the same time respecting the objections of some religious organizations.

"Helping women and men plan and space their pregnancies through the use of contraception reduces maternal and infant mortality, low birth weight, and prematurity. In addition, access to contraception improves educational attainment and reduces poverty. It also helps to reduce abortion.

"Contraception is widely used and accepted in the United States. Almost all American women have used contraception at some point and seven in 10 Americans (70%) believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services.

"Half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned as reported by women themselves and half of all unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. Research shows that when cost is removed as a barrier and women can choose from the full range of contraceptives, including the most effective ones, there have been dramatic declines in unplanned pregnancy and abortion.

"Finally, it is important to note that contraception saves money. Increased coverage of contraception is associated with private sector savings to insurers, employers, and individuals." To view the final rule, click here.

About The National Campaign: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. We support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors. If we are successful, child and family well-being will improve.