Support Reproductive Rights. Pass the Access to Birth Control Act.
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Support Reproductive Rights. Pass the Access to Birth Control Act.

    1. Sarah Robin
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      Sarah Robin

      Minneapolis, MN

Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass the Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333).

What is the Access to Birth Control Act a.k.a. ABC Act?

The Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333), sponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14) and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is bill will help ensure that an individual's personal belief does not impede a woman's right to birth control by making sure pharmacies have policies in place to guarantee timely access at the pharmacy counter.

The Problem 

Family planning is basic health care for women. Access to contraception helps women prevent unintended pregnancy and control the timing and spacing of planned births.

Also, emergency contraception works like other hormonal birth control by preventing pregnancy. It also does not harm or terminate an already-established pregnancy

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included family planning in its published list of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century, the United States still has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies among industrialized nations. Each year, 3,000,000 pregnancies, nearly half of all pregnancies, in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of unintended pregnancies end in abortion. 

 The Solution

Access to legal contraception is a protected fundamental right in the United States and should not be impeded by one individual's personal beliefs.

The Food and Drug Administration has declared emergency contraception to be safe and effective in preventing unintended pregnancy and has approved over-the-counter access to emergency contraception for individuals aged 17 and older.

If taken soon after unprotected sex or primary contraceptive failure, emergency contraception can significantly reduce a woman's chance of unintended pregnancy.

Therefore it is vital that birth control remain accessible to the public.

What will the Access to Birth Control Act a.k.a. ABC Act do?

The Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333), would amend the Public Health Service Act to require pharmacies to comply with certain rules related to contraceptives, including:

-(1) providing a customer a contraceptive without delay if it is in stock;

-(2) immediately informing a customer if the contraceptive is not in stock and either transferring the prescription to a pharmacy that has the contraceptive in stock or expediting the ordering of the contraceptive and notifying the customer when it arrives, based on customer preference, except for pharmacies that do not ordinarily stock contraceptives in the normal course of business; and

-(3) ensuring that pharmacy employees do not take certain actions relating to a request for contraception, including intimidating, threatening, or harassing customers, interfering with or obstructing the delivery of services, intentionally misrepresenting or deceiving customers about the availability of contraception or its mechanism of action, breaching or threatening to breach medical confidentiality, or refusing to return a valid, lawful prescription.

In addition the ABC Act would provide that a pharmacy is not prohibited from refusing to provide a contraceptive to a customer if:

-(1) it is unlawful to dispense the contraceptive to the customer without a valid, lawful prescription and no such prescription is presented;

-(2) the customer is unable to pay for the contraceptive; or

-(3) the employee of the pharmacy refuses to provide the contraceptive on the basis of a professional clinical judgment.

Finally, the ABC Act does not preempt state law or any professional obligation of a state board that provides greater protections for customers. It also sets forth civil penalties and establishes a private cause of action for violations of this Act.

What can you do to get the Access to Birth Control Act passed?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and President Obama tell them to pass Access to Birth Control Act (H.R.728/S.333).  Also ask your U.S. Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor the Access to Birth Control Act.

Also please sign the petition below.

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    • Cara Creager CHICAGO, IL
      • 4 months ago

      Because the Hobby Lobby decision is bad law, and an undue burden on women. We have a right to bodily autonomy; we deserve to exercise it. The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby leaves the door open for anyone to allege a "deep religious belief" and be permitted to discriminate against women who need birth control for a myriad of reasons.

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    • Tricia Rampe SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 4 months ago

      BC should be easier to obtain, and cheaper if not free. I never want cost or accessibility to be an issue for any women requiring bc.

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    • Josephine Potato VALLEJO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      I can't stress enough how important it is to educate young women about birth control. Birth control education and access are extraordinarily important for preventing unwanted pregnancy and spread of STDs. Sex is a fact of life for msot people and will happen regardless of being advised against or it being prohibited. The best thing that can be done is make information about birth control widely available and make access unlimited to keep a healthier population and to stop teen pregnancy and all the negative consequences that stem from it.

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    • Joann Redmond HIRAM, GA
      • 9 months ago

      I had severe menstrual cramps where I bled for an entire week - heavily. I became anemic. Birth control pills stopped that. It made my cycles lighter which brought my blood count up. It helps women with Migraine disease brought on by out of balance hormones to live a normal life. Birth Control is a misnomer. It should be called Hormone control. It has helped women worldwide take control of their own bodies. Not passing this bill gives the Christian right wings the upper hand. They want women barefoot, pregnant, and in pain so we should be praying every day to "God" for relief. "God" helps those who help themselves. So, Mr. President, Help us Help ourselves. Pass this bill.

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    • Veronica Higareda MCALLEN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Birth control affects the global economy -- on a much larger scale than you might think.

      This infographic, created by Population Action International, shows just how much a lack of access to contraception impacts not just women and their children, but the amount countries spend on basic services for entire populations. Yet, sadly, only 22 percent of family-planning needs are being met worldwide.

      According to Population Action, "For every $1 we invest in family planning, we save $4 in other areas like education, public health, and water and sanitation." Check out the numbers below. They paint a pretty depressing picture -- and one that needs to change ASAP.

      -Huffington post infographic

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