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We believe all people deserve access to birth control and other preventive care.

We believe all people deserve access to birth control and other preventive care.

Minnesotans should have easy and affordable access to contraceptives and other reproductive health services in order to plan their families and achieve their goals.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all preventive care, including all FDA-approved forms of birth control, is now available to Minnesotans with health insurance at no added cost.

Unfortunately, the 2017 Minnesota Legislature refused to give a hearing to Rep. Erin Murphy’s CHEER Act (Contraception Health Equity and Employee Rights), which would have allowed women to receive a 12 month supply of birth control and would have ensured that employers include contraception coverage and follow-up services in employee health  plans.  

For Planned Parenthood patients who receive their health care at 17 Title X-supported clinics across the state—especially the 23,000 patients who directly rely on Title X funding for their care each year in Minnesota—cutting off Title X funds would block access to critical services like birth control and limit access to STD testing and treatment, clinical breast exams, and life-saving cancer screenings. Despite a 30-year history of bipartisan support for Title X, Minnesota State Legislators tried again this year to “defund” Planned Parenthood and cut these patients off from care.

Statewide polls conducted in March of 2016 showed that 69% of Minnesotans want to see funding stay the same or be increased for the family and contraceptive services that Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics provide. 

  • Birth control use is nearly universal. Ninety-nine percent of all sexually experienced women and 99 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women have used it at some point in their lives. Plus, 62 percent of all women of reproductive age are currently using a contraceptive method.
  • Fifty-six percent of voters support the birth control coverage benefit, including 53 percent of Catholic voters, according to a Public Policy Polling Poll.
  • Sixty-five percent of Millennials (young people between the ages of 18 and 29) believe that employer health care coverage should include contraception at no cost.

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