Birth control is not controversial: 99 percent of sexually active women use it at some point in their lives.1
Women use birth control for all sorts of reasons, including to avoid getting pregnant before they are ready. Affordable, accessible birth control is the best way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
At NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, we’re fighting to make sure everyone has access to affordable birth control that is right for her — no matter where she lives, where she works or how much money she makes — so she can control her own future.
Laws promoting insurance coverage of contraception are crucial to ensuring comprehensive reproductive health care. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage policy ensured that the full range of birth control options would be covered with no copay, and by 2015, more than 55 million women had access to birth control without cost-sharing.1
Unfortunately, the contraceptive mandate was almost immediately attacked by anti-choice politicians and business executives. Business owners who want to deny their employees coverage of contraception won at the Supreme Court in 2014 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, citing religious beliefs. Some states have taken the Hobby Lobby decision even further, enacting laws to allow individuals and companies to refuse to provide or cover contraception.
And the Trump-Pence administration continues to threaten the ACA’s contraceptive mandate — which is why it’s vital to create state-level protections of cost-free birth control.
Ensuring Birth Control Access
Find out how we’re working toward a future where everyone who needs affordable contraception can get it.
1. Guttmacher Institute, Contraceptive Use in the United States↩
2. Department of Health and Human Services, The Affordable Care Act is Improving Access to Preventive Services for Millions of Americans. ↩