The National Campaign Applauds Bill to Protect Coverage of Birth Control

Oct 20 2017

(Washington, DC)—The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (The National Campaign) applauds the introduction yesterday of the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, introduced by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate, and Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Lois Frankel (D-FL) in the House of Representatives. This bill would block the rules recently issued by the Trump Administration that allow employers to be exempt from the requirement to cover birth control, safeguarding women’s continued access to contraceptive coverage.

“We thank the members of Congress supporting the Protect Access to Birth Control Act,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign. “Birth control is basic health care. Rather than limiting women’s access to contraceptive coverage, we as a nation should be focused on ensuring that all women have the coverage, access and information they need to give them the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to become pregnant.”

More than 62 million women are eligible for no-cost women’s preventive services, which includes contraception. Women have saved at least $1.4 billion in out-of-pocket costs for birth control pills alone since the benefit went into effect, and there is evidence that the provision is increasing the ability to obtain more effective methods of contraception for those who want it. Furthermore, polling from The National Campaign shows that 81% of Americans (including 70% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats) agree that birth control is a basic part of women’s health care. 

About The National Campaign: The National Campaign is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy. Please visit us at www.TheNationalCampaign.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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