Birth control
Family planning, including contraceptive birth control, enables women to have the number of children they wish at the time they wish to have them. This ability gives women control over their reproductive lives, protects their health, allows them to plan their future and invest in their careers. Contraceptives also greatly reduce the need for abortion. Of our 6 million pregnancies each year, nearly half are unintended and nearly half of these end in abortion. Emergency contraception, sometimes referred to as Plan B or the morning-after pill, works like other hormonal birth control and does not harm or terminate an already-established pregnancy. This contraceptive is 95% effective in preventing pregnancy. Birth control opponents claim contraception separates sex from reproduction and leads to promiscuity and disease. Supporters say studies have shown these concerns to be unfounded and that access to contraception is a protected fundamental right which should not be impeded by another's personal beliefs.

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby lobby ruling, giving religious-minded employers the right to deny contraception to employees, has been controversial. Supporters believe this was a correct decision since many employers are against supporting or funding contraceptive birth control. Critics say this is an ambiguous ruling which could be applied to other healthcare procedures in the future. They object to a CEO or corporation coming between a woman and her guaranteed access to healthcare. Some also say this ruling is discriminatory since it blocks only a portion of women from getting care.

Pending Legislation:
S.674 - 21st Century Women's Health Act of 2015
H.R.742 - Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2015

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