From UltraViolet – In October, 45’s administration announced that it would allow insurers, colleges, and employers to claim religious or moral beliefs as an excuse to stop offering birth control because “Birth control promotes “risky sexual behavior.”
58% of women use birth control for everything from calming menstrual cramps to family planning to managing crippling endometriosis. Black, Latina and South Asian women in particular rely on birth control to treat conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome. What’s more, sex becomes a lot riskier without access to free birth control.
The Department of Health and Human Services must hear from the public before finalizing this rule, and we’re joining allies at Center for Reproductive Rights, CREDO, and others to deliver your comments in person on December 5. Can you sign the petition and submit a comment?
Your personal comment is especially powerful — so please add it when you sign! It’s best to speak in your own words, but here are some points you can make:
|Tell the Department of Health and Human Services: “Keep birth control free.”
I oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to take away free birth control. [If you use/used birth control, or have struggled to afford it in the past, say why!]
- Surveys show 1 in 3 women have struggled to afford birth control before the Affordable Care Act made it free. Among women ages 18-34, the figure is 57%. We shouldn’t go back to those days.
- Birth control is an essential part of women’s health. 9 in 10 women of reproductive age will use birth control at some point in their lifetime. 58% of women who use birth control rely on it at least in part for a reason other than family planning.5
- Women of color in particular rely on birth control. 83% of Black women, 91% of Latina women, and 91% of Asian women of reproductive age use birth control.6Conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can be treated with birth control, are more common among Black, Latina, and South Asian women.
- Free birth control is good for our economy, saving money for employers. That’s why dozens of companies, including major corporations like Levi’s, Uber, and TD Ameritrade have already announced they will continue to cover birth control without a co-pay.7 HHS should ensure that women everywhere have access to this benefit.