Access to Birth Control
All people deserve access to preventive family planning services that can help them plan when and whether to have children and make responsible decisions about their health, their lives, and their futures. Access to birth control improves the health of women and their families. The nonpartisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that birth control be covered as women’s preventive care because it is fundamental to improving not only women’s health, but the health of their families as well. Medical research has demonstrated this fact for decades. Improved access to birth control is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality.
Despite the fact that 99 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point, and that a majority of Americans (70 percent) believe insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services, we have seen recent attempts to chip away at this crucial benefit, including most recently when Hobby Lobby – a for profit craft company – won the right to not provide birth control to its employees on the basis of religious beliefs.
To find out more about this case and what it could mean for you, please visit Planned Parenthood Action Fund.