Improving access to birth control and providing people with medically accurate information is at the forefront of our efforts to prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion.
For the 98 percent of American women who use some form of contraception during their lives, birth control is basic, essential health care. More than 40 million of reproductive age are sexually active and many choose to use contraceptives.
Access to Birth Control
The far right tries to block our access to contraception by pushing for:
- federally funded abstinence only programs that withhold accurate information;
- cuts to federally funded family planning programs that offers college students and medicaid recipients reduced-price birth control,
- the “conscious clause” which says that a pharmacist’s beliefs trump the decision between a woman and her doctor.
Insurance Coverage for Birth Control
In 1999, Connecticut passed landmark legislation, entitled the “pill bill” which required health insurers to cover contraceptives for women.
The Affordable Care Act includes, as preventive care, coverage of contraceptive methods without cost-sharing.
With continued threats to the ACA at the Federal level, we must work to protect this access, here in Connecticut. We will continue our work from last legislative session to make sure that women’s preventive health services become part of state law.