The lawsuit is the fourth challenge to the new law that regulates pregnancy-related centers, requiring facilities to post a public notice about access to abortion and birth control.
Cruz has been a vocal proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of people with access to contraception.
Increasing access to birth control has gained momentum in several states, and making contraceptives available without a prescription is a policy proposal popular among many state lawmakers.
Funded privately over the past five years, the initiative provided more than 30,000 people with long-acting reversible contraception and lowered the teen pregnancy rate in Colorado by 40 percent.
Women’s health advocates are harshly criticizing a new bill sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that is intended to help make birth control available over the counter, calling it a cynical move that would actually make birth control less affordable.
Editor in Chief Jodi Jacobson joined other reproductive rights activists and experts to discuss why over 200 million women worldwide cannot get the birth control they want.
Advocates’ success in winning contraceptive access has often been hard fought on a state-by-state basis, with many challenges along the way. But in adotping the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations, the Obama Adminsitration can transcend this piecemeal approach by enacting comprehensive, nationwide reform.
My personal life experience and my work as a pastor show that an unplanned pregnancy can quickly complicate the life of a woman and her loved ones. It’s only right to make contraception available under health reform to all who desire to use it.
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CVS’s decision to keep condoms under lock and key ensures that fewer teens will be able to act responsibly when having sex.