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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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