Planned Parenthood: Birth Control Benefit has Extensive Benefits to Women and Families; it should be Fully Enacted
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Separate from the stay issued at the request of religiously affiliated organizations, the
Following is a statement issued by
"Birth control is basic preventive health care for women. Birth control enables millions of women to support themselves financially, complete their education, and plan their families and have children when they're ready.
"The Affordable Care Act ensures that women can access birth control without co-pays no matter where they work, just like any other kind of preventive care. Religiously affiliated organizations, including the two that filed this emergency appeal at the
"As the nation's leading women's health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood has led the charge for access to contraception for nearly a century and we'll continue to fight to make sure women get the care they need, no matter what."
After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, the birth control benefit requires all insurance policies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket cost to women - because it's part of preventive care.
That preventive care -- as decided by the independent
The current benefit includes an expansive religious exemption, allowing approximately 350,000 churches, religious schools, and houses of worship to refuse to provide this benefit to their employees, under their right to religious freedom under the First Amendment. Corporations and other for-profit businesses are not exempt under current law.
Two separate challenges to the benefit, filed by
You can read a white paper providing background on the birth control benefit and what's at stake in the
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