99% of sexually active women use contraception at some point in their lives. People use birth control for all sorts of reasons, including to avoid getting pregnant before they are ready. Making birth control accessible and affordable is the quickest way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
At NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, we’re fighting to make sure every person has access to affordable birth control that is right for her—no matter where they live, where they work or how much money they makes—so they can control her own future.
Insurance coverage of contraception is crucial to ensuring comprehensive reproductive health care. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage policy ensured that the full range of birth control options would be covered with no copay. Although this policy is in danger at the federal level, with the passage of the Reproductive Health Equity Act we have protected this benefit for many Oregonians. Oregon has also passed a law requiring that insurers cover a year’s supply of contraception dispensed at once.
A woman should be able to get her birth control prescription filled at any pharmacy.
Our nation’s laws have always protected freedom of religion—but not the right to impose one’s religious beliefs on others. Women should not have to fear being turned away, lectured or humiliated at the pharmacy counter when they go to pick up birth control. Pharmacies should fill all birth control prescriptions without delay or judgement.
Eight in 10 Americans say pharmacists who personally oppose birth control for religious reasons should not be able to refuse to sell oral contraceptives to women. Even 74 percent of abortion opponents disagree with giving pharmacists this refusal power.
Fact Sheet: Guarantee Women’s Access to Birth Control
Guttmacher Institute, Contraceptive Use in the United States