Birth Control: We All Benefit
Women's preventive care — including birth control — is basic health care. This shouldn't be a revolutionary idea, but unfortunately it is to some, and in the past few years, birth control has become increasingly politicized.
Despite the fact that 99% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point, and a majority of Americans (70%) believe insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services, some are choosing to focus on chipping away at a women’s access to birth control.
What started as a fight led by politicians has now been joined by for-profit companies. In a deeply troubling decision for women's health care and reproductive rights, in 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some employers who personally believe birth control is wrong have the power to deny legally mandated health care coverage of it for their employees. The ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby grants bosses at two companies a religious exemption to the part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that covers birth control without copay. In addition to those companies, many other for-profit employers are challenging the ACA's birth control mandate so that they, too, can deny the benefit to their employees.