“As a physician and advocate,

I understand the importance of access to a wide range of affordable contraception options. Birth control is essential for the health and well-being of women and their families.”

Margaret Baylson, MD

Contraception

Physicians for Reproductive Health believes that access to contraception is of vital importance to women’s health because it allows them to determine the timing and spacing of pregnancies. In the medical world, we have studied birth control methods and their effects for decades. We know, based on enormous amounts of scientific evidence, that contraception is crucial to women’s well-being, their children’s health, and their ability to educate themselves, achieve career goals, care for and support their families, and otherwise participate in society. As physicians, we see every day how it improves our patients’ lives.

The contraceptives that are most reliable, however, can be too expensive for many women to afford out of pocket. Because we believe every woman should be able to choose from a broad array FDA-approved contraceptives to find the one that meets her health needs, we advocated in support of the Affordable Care Act. We were thrilled when the Supreme Court upheld health care reform in June 2012.

Federal rules are now in effect that require private insurance plans to cover the full cost of preventive health services for women, including contraceptives, without co-pays or any other extra charges. Some institutions–both faith-based and private, secular businesses–are objecting to new federal rules requiring their employees’ health insurance policies to cover contraception. Allowing employers to refuse to offer this benefit is harmful to women and their families, and we believe all women deserve affordable birth control.

Read more about what we’re doing to advocate for better access to contraception for all women.

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The final vote count was 53-46, seven short of the 60 votes that the bill’s supporters needed. How did your Senators vote? We’ve created a page that will allow you to find out if your senators did indeed stand with Planned Parenthood and send them personalized messages. Please take a moment to let your elected officials know what you think! 

Victory for Affordable Care and Women’s Health!

Dr. Nancy StanwoodPhysicians is thrilled at the news of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court ruling. The Court has ruled 6-3 that the Affordable Care Act may continue to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help people buy health insurance and access the health care they need.

Our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood said:

Access to medical care is fundamental to the well-being of the patients we physicians care for every day….We know firsthand that women often neglect their health needs to pay for other life essentials such as food and housing. This ruling ensures that no woman will need to choose between her family’s financial well-being and her own health. This is a victory for public health and puts families first.”

Read her entire statement here

Doctors Group Praises Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Affordable Care Act

“This ruling ensures that no woman will need to choose between her family’s financial well-being
and her own health.”

New York, NY—Physicians for Reproductive Health praises today’s ruling in King v. Burwell, upholding the Affordable Care Act 6-3 and confirming that those who have purchased their insurance through the federal exchange can still get tax credits. The Affordable Care Act ensures nearly universal health insurance coverage and guarantees access to critical reproductive health services such as well-woman visits, contraception without cost-sharing, and maternity care.

Physicians for Reproductive Health board chair, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, issued the following statement:

“Access to medical care is fundamental to the well-being of the patients we physicians care for every day. Such access is made possible by affordable health insurance.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling ensures that the resounding success of the Affordable Care Act will continue — and our nation’s health will be better for it. As doctors in the reproductive health field, we know this law means our patients have access to birth control, well-woman visits, and maternity care, with no added fees.

“An adverse decision from the Court would have put these health benefits out of reach for millions of women. We know firsthand that women often neglect their health needs to pay for other life essentials such as food and housing. This ruling ensures that no woman will need to choose between her family’s financial well-being and her own health. This is a victory for public health and puts families first.”

  

Doctors Group Hails Announcement of Sen. Murray’s Contraceptive Access Bill

“It’s a commonsense and pragmatic approach to improving access to birth control.”

New York, NY—Physicians for Reproductive Health stands in proud support of Senator Patty Murray’s bill, the Affordability Is Access Act, announced today. This bill will enable women to access one of the most popular forms of birth control, with or without a prescription, and without cost-sharing or co-pays.

Background: All private health insurance plans are currently required to cover FDA-approved forms of contraception. The Affordability Is Access Act would ensure coverage of all daily-use oral contraception that has been approved or regulated for over-the-counter use by the FDA. By requiring insurers to cover over-the-counter birth control, the Act keeps contraception affordable — unlike the over-the-counter birth control bill introduced in May by Senate Republicans. The bill also ensures that retailers will not interfere with women accessing contraception.

Our board chair, Dr. Nancy Stanwood, issued the following statement:

“As a physician, I applaud Senator Murray for advancing women’s health with the Access Is Affordability Act. It’s a commonsense and pragmatic approach to improving women’s access to birth control.

“In 2015, medicine should be about safety, access, and affordability. This bill covers all three of these. We know that over-the-counter birth control is safe. And we know that when cost isn’t an impediment, women are able to get the birth control they need. That makes it easier for them to care for themselves and their families and lead productive lives. When the FDA approves birth control for over-the-counter use, women will be able to access it and afford it with this approach.”