Protect students' access to no-copay birth control as basic preventive health care
  • Petitioned Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Protect students' access to no-copay birth control as basic preventive health care

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      Advocates for Youth

In order to ensure that more women have access to birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services specifically included contraception as basic, necessary preventive medicine covered by insurance without a copay. However, professors at Catholic schools are urging Secretary Sebelius to expand an already unnecessary "religious exemption" rule so that Catholic colleges and religious hospitals can offer health plans without birth control

Young women who access health care through religious affiliated colleges and universities should not be denied basic health coverage simply because their college doesn't want to provide it. After all, these schools serve Catholic and non-Catholic students alike -- and the vast majority of Catholics use birth control at roughly the same rates as the rest of the country! Women shouldn't be forced to pay out-of-pocket for making the responsible decision of accessing contraception to prevent pregnancy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because pushback is coming from professors at Catholic schools, please note in the "Why are you signing?" box (click the blue "Add a reason" link) if you currently attend or graduated from a Catholic or religious affiliated college or university, or if you are or were raised Catholic. Your voice is incredibly important to keep no-copay birth control accessible!

We need to act quickly to show that there is widespread support for access to birth control -- especially among students at religious affiliated schools. Thank you!

To:
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
I support all women having insurance coverage for no-copay birth control, including those at Catholic and religious affiliated colleges and universities.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • George Marchetti NASHVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      The Church is protected with a conscience clause, now it's time for the Church to protect those non-Catholics they employee. No brainer.

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    • Melissa Farrace FALLS CHURCH, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      I attend and graduated from a Catholic grade school and high school and was raised Catholic. I am also raising my children Catholic. No matter how Catholic we are, I am not the judge and jury, that is God's job. I am here to love and support people on earth, especially if it's to prevent a pregnancy that could end up leading to abuse later because it was unwanted. Keep no-copay birth control accessible.

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    • Joy Brann KIHEI, HI
      • about 3 years ago

      Improving maternal and child health outcomes requires we teach teens and young adults that their reproductive health and rights deserve to be respected. Family planning education and health care services not only allow youth to become healthy contraceptors and future parents. Every dollar invested in providing these services saves $3 in public costs associated with unplanned pregnancy.

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    • Lara Riscol BOULDER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      as a Mom, i believe in the culture of life. and as an American, i believe in liberty. both are threatened when women aren't given every opportunity to determine when sex results in pregnancy.

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    • Elizabeth VanBemmel KIRKLAND, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      Birth control is preventative healthcare - it not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, which can be deadly for women with reproductive health issues, it can also lessen the effects of PCOS and similar syndromes and disorders. A friend of mine essentially couldn't leave her house for a week and a half each month due to PCOS. Birth control gave her her life back. All women, Catholic or otherwise, need access to affordable birth control for a wide range of medical conditions. It's the right thing to do.

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