In June Medical Services v. Russo, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a resounding message to politicians all across the country: It is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that place an undue burden on a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.
A lot of politicians are pushing over-the-counter birth control these days — but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The wrong way is promising to make birth control over-the-counter while simultaneously pulling the rug out from under the birth control benefit, like some politicians are doing. The right way to do it is with a new bill in Congress, the Affordability IS Access Act, which would make the birth control pill available over-the-counter while protecting the insurance coverage that keeps it affordable.
A new bill in Congress could make the birth control pill available over the counter – while protecting the insurance coverage that keeps it affordable. That means greater access to birth control, for everyone. Right now, lawmakers are deciding where they stand. Ask your senators to co-sponsor the Affordability IS Access Act.
Even though birth control became legal and widely available after Griswold, lack of insurance coverage and cost barriers continued to prevent women — particularly lower-income women and women of color — from accessing the birth control they needed.
No other 20th century invention has transformed women’s lives the way birth control has. That’s why we are forever grateful to a woman by the name of Estelle Griswold. Don’t know her? You should. Her activism is a big reason that birth control became legal 50 years ago.