Access Without Affordability Isn't Access at All
55 years ago this week, "The Pill,” marketed as Enova, became available by prescription. But, as for women across the US before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, cost was a significant barrier to access. At the time, the Pill cost about $10 a month–the equivalent of $80 a month today.
It’s worth noting that access without affordability isn’t really access at all. If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, women will again be at the mercy of insurance and drug companies when seeking birth control; those who can’t afford it won’t use it, and the rate of unintended pregnancies, which is now declining, will rise again