Not to be outdone by Republicans who say they support expanding “access” to contraception by making birth control available over the counter, Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal Tuesday to make sure that if that does happen, women can still get birth control through their insurance without paying extra.
Stemming the tide of barriers to reproductive health care continues to require significant time and effort from countless dedicated individuals and organizations. It is hard work, but it is work worth doing to ensure that everyone has the ability to choose whether and when to have a child.
The Affordable Care Act, in its first year of implementation in California, has expanded health insurance to people who have been historically underserved by the health-care system, especially Latinos and low-income people.
Looking up to a Carly Fiorina-type doesn’t help you if you have to quit your job because you can’t afford child care.
Anti-choice legislators, following days of infighting between mainstream Texas Republican lawmakers and Tea Partiers, missed a key Tuesday night deadline to approve a bill that would have banned abortion care coverage in insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider an earlier decision that ruled the process for accommodating religious objections to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act did not burden the group’s rights.
The decision released Tuesday is a strong endorsement of the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religiously affiliated nonprofits that object to providing contraception in health-care plans.
While anti-choice legislation was supposedly not a top priority for lawmakers, the inability to pass any anti-choice proposals might be surprising given Republican majorities of 116-44 in the house and 25-9 in the senate.
The Affordable Care Act is proving to be a great tool to help women obtain contraception. But there are more obstacles to contraception to be addressed, from religion-based shaming to simple transportation issues.