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No-Cost Birth Control

Improving women's access to birth control is one of the best ways to help prevent unintended pregnancy and thus reduce the need for abortion. Everyone can agree on that, right?

Actually, there are anti-contraception groups working to take away birth control coverage from women.

Let's start at the top. What is no-cost birth control? It means that women can get their prescription birth control without a copay. This is especially important for women who cannot afford copays or other charges that some insurance plans used to require for prescription contraception.

The federal health-care law requires newly issued health plans to cover—at no cost—certain preventive-health services including contraception. The Obama administration's final policy made sure women of all faiths who work at religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and service organizations can get contraceptive coverage.

Anti-contraception forces, led by members of Congress, corporate bosses, and groups like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, want to repeal this policy.  Several CEOs who oppose birth control, including the head of the billion-dollar craft supply chain Hobby Lobby,  sued to get out of covering it.

Hobby Lobby's case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, five male justices ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby. They went out of their way to declare that discrimination against women isn't discrimination.

We're deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision. But we're not done fighting for this important benefit for women.

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Many Women Can't Afford Most Effective Forms of Birth Control

There's an unfortunate history of robbing poor and marginalized women of their reproductive freedom that has continued into the present day.

Birth Control Coverage is an Economic Issue

Did you know a year of prescription birth control can cost as much as 15 months worth of energy bills?

GOP Leadership Blocks Hobby Lobby Fix

Forty-three senators sided with CEOs instead of women and voted against the "Not My Boss' Business" Act, which would have reversed the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.

Huge Rally in Massachusetts

Pro-choice advocates came out in force to speak out against the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision and to stand up for birth control coverage.

Hobby Lobby Decision's Slippery Slope

The impact of the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case could go far beyond birth control coverage.


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