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Landmark Law Guarantees Access to Birth Control Without Copay

The Affordable Care Act ushered in a new era in women’s reproductive-health care by guaranteeing that most health-insurance plans cover contraception without co-pay. Prior to the enactment of this law, birth control was financially out of reach for many women whose health insurance did not cover contraception. Access to contraception is central to women’s autonomy and equality. The average woman will spend five years pregnant or trying to get pregnant, and nearly three decades trying to avoid pregnancy. It is estimated that without contraception, an average woman would have between 12 and 15 pregnancies. Her body and the very course of her life would be governed almost solely by reproduction. Therefore, access to contraception is critical.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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