Ellen (name changed) is 42-years-old and has a pacemaker. She developed a very rapid and life-threatening heartbeat during her last pregnancy, which led to the pacemaker as well as three daily heart medications and frequent doctor visits.
Ellen works for a Catholic institution, and although she has medical insurance, it does not cover contraception.
While at our clinic, Ellen was able to get an IUD at a reduced cost, and now has one of the most effective forms of contraception to prevent future pregnancies that could kill her given her condition. For Ellen, and for thousands of other women across the country, contraception should be covered no matter who one’s employer is. Contraception is a part of good, preventive, life-saving medicine.