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Ensuring women access to birth control is essential to preventing unplanned pregnancy and reducing the need for abortion. Birth control is basic health care for women, and therefore should be widely available and covered by insurance. Ninety-eight percent of women will use birth control at some point in their lives.Yet anti-choice politicians continue to wage a war on contraception.
Birth control costs have been rising across the country, leaving college students and low-income women particularly vulnerable to interruption of birth control methods.
Additionally, some pharmacists in the U.S., including some in Washington, have refused to dispense safe and legal emergency contraception. Emergency contraception does not require a prescription for women over 17, but some pharmacists are refusing EC to women for personal, non-medical reasons.
Below, you can read more about NARALís work to increase the availability of emergency contraception, protect patientsí rights to have valid prescriptions filled without judgment or discrimination, and ensure family planning services are covered by insurance.