“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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Doctors React to Supreme Court Accepting Challenge to Contraceptive Coverage

Concerned that ruling in favor of plaintiffs could deal devastating blow to women’s access to contraception

New York, NY— Today the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would grant all seven of the challenges to the Affordable Care Act, in which plaintiffs are seeking an exemption from covering contraception for employees as mandated.

In response, Physicians for Reproductive Health board chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH said:

“The Affordable Care Act did the right thing for public health and women’s health by ensuring that everyone who needs birth control can get the method that is right for them, without co-pays. If the plaintiffs succeed in their case, countless people will lose this benefit and face costly barriers to accessing affordable contraception. Birth control is a critical component of preventive care.

“And affordability is key to ensuring that people are able to use it and have control over their reproductive lives. We know that when co-pays are removed, women are able to choose a method based on their medical needs, and not on cost alone. Removing co-pays for all methods assures that patients can choose whatever method they need, including long-acting reversible methods, such as the IUD or the implant, that are highly effective but often come with high upfront costs.

“The plaintiffs are seeking to privilege their religious beliefs over the beliefs and health of others. In a modern democracy, this is simply unacceptable. One person’s beliefs should not dictate the health care that another receives. We hope the court uses good sense and finds in favor of good health and good medicine for all.”  

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Did Your Senators Stand with Planned Parenthood?

We Stand With Abortion Care ProvidersAs you know, on Monday the Senate blocked an effort to bar Planned Parenthood’s participation in federal health programs like Medicaid. Had the vote been successful, it would have paved the way to eliminating affordable health care for the 2.7 million people who rely on Planned Parenthood annually.

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.”