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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 would be able to get their prescriptions for birth control filled without a copay. This is especially important for women who cannot afford copays or other charges that some insurance plans require for prescription contraception.

The federal health-care law requires newly issued health plans to cover—at no cost—certain preventive-health services that are specific to women. The Obama administration's final policy will make sure women of all faiths who work at religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and service organizations will get contraceptive coverage. It guarantees that women will not encounter any barriers from their bosses or insurance plans in getting birth control without a copay.

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. They want to allow a boss who opposes birth control to deny coverage to employees.

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