House Bill Seeks to Improve Contraceptive Access for Women In The Military: A Statement from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Sep 17 2014

(Washington, DC)—Today, Representative Speier (D-CA), along with 58 original co-sponsors, introduced The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014, a bill that will provide women in the military and their dependents contraceptive coverage without co-pays or deductibles through TRICARE (the health care program for members of the military and their families).  The bill, which is a companion to the Senate bill introduced by Senator Shaheen in July (S. 2687), will also ensure that military women receive education and counseling on the full range of FDA-approved methods and the options that might be best for their particular deployment situations.

“This bill is a positive step towards ensuring that women who serve our country in the military have access to high quality contraceptive care, including affordable access to all FDA-approved contraceptives and the education and counseling to choose the best method for them,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  “Contraception has well-documented benefits.  Ensuring that all women—including servicewomen and their families—can plan and space their pregnancies is essential to continued advancements in educational and economic opportunities, improved maternal and infant health, greater family wellbeing, fewer abortions, and reduced public and private costs.

“The bill recognizes the unique deployment circumstances faced by women in the Armed Forces and the need for state of the art provider training and patient education.  When servicewomen are able to select and use the most appropriate contraceptive method for their situation, unplanned pregnancy will decline and our military will be strengthened.”

About The National Campaign: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, non-profit organization that 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. Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org for more information.