Birth control is about equality for women. Using birth control lets women plan when and whether to have a family. In fact, 98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives.
Many anti-choice activists oppose birth control just as much as they oppose abortion.
- They work to block women's access to birth control at pharmacies and hospitals.
- They lie about birth control to perpetuate a myth that it causes an abortion. Birth control is not abortion.
There are many ways to make sure that women get the birth control they need. Better access means fewer unintended pregnancies.
- Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy if used up to five days after sex.
- Pharmacies should not be able to refuse to fill a woman's prescription for birth control.
- The government should make sure that low-income women can afford birth control at family-planning clinics.
- If an insurance company covers prescription drugs, it should cover prescription birth control, too.
News & Updates
Even when people practice safe sex, accidents happen. So it makes sense that there should be a backup method available, like emergency contraception, for when things don't go according to plan. Sadly, that's not the reality for everyone.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, stopped by "NOW with Alex Wagner" on MSNBC to talk about continued efforts to block access to emergency contraception. Find out what she had to say.