Birth Control -- you've probably heard a lot about it lately.
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Here's the good news:
- It's now available for free with no copays, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
- 99% of sexually active American women have used birth control at some point.
- 7 in 10 Americans believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services.
- It enables us to complete our education, support ourselves financially, and plan our families and have children when we're ready.
- Many women use birth control for other health care reasons including treating endometriosis — a leading cause of infertility.
- And, access to "no-copay" birth control is just smart for everyone. For every dollar spent on family planning, taxpayers save nearly $6 in public money.
Now here's the not-so-good news.
- The Supreme Court is considering cases from bosses at two for-profit corporations who want to deny their employees access to birth control.
- If the court rules in their favor, it would mean that any boss could take away our insurance coverage for birth control — based on their own personal beliefs.
- The outcome of these cases could take away the coverage that already benefits 27 million women and the 47 million that will benefit when the law is fully implemented. And for some women, that means they will have to go back to paying out of pocket up to $600 a year.
If you agree that the decision to use birth control should be made between a woman and her doctor — and that NO employer should be able to take that right away, please visit www.PlannedParenthoodAction.org.