Equal Access to Birth Control

No matter who she is or where she lives, a woman’s ability to determine the course of her reproductive life shapes her future, including her ability to pursue professional or educational goals, and affects her economic security and that of her family. Women of color and immigrant women are disproportionately impacted by barriers such as cost and lack of access to linguistically or culturally appropriate care that negatively impact their access to quality, affordable reproductive health care. But today, President Donald Trump took the first steps to gut the part of the Affordable Care Act that provides free birth control for tens of millions of women — taking us back to the days when the high cost of birth control was a barrier and burden. This new rule allows employers with religious or moral objections to ditch birth control coverage in employee insurance plans.

Solutions:
– Ensure access to birth control for all women regardless of where they are employed, where they live, or their income.
– Identify and remedy health disparities and expand access to health services and coverage for all women, including women of color and low-income women.

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