Birth control is not controversial: 99 percent of sexually active women use it at some point in their lives.1
Patients use birth control for all sorts of reasons, including to avoid getting pregnant before they are ready. Making birth control accessible and affordable is the quickest way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
At NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, we’re fighting to make sure everyone has access to affordable birth control that is right for them—no matter where they live, where they work, or how much money they make—so they can control their own future.
Laws promoting insurance coverage of contraception are crucial to ensuring comprehensive reproductive healthcare. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage policy ensured that the full range of birth control options would be covered with no copay. Although this policy is under threat at the federal level, protecting this benefit at the state level is a top priority for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, which is why we are working to pass No-Cost Birth Control during the 2018 General Assembly session. No matter what the Trump administration does to attack the Obama-era contraceptive mandate, birth control would continue to be fully covered in the Commonwealth.
In 2017, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia helped pass a major legislative victory – the first proactive reproductive health bill to become law in Virginia in over a decade. In a rare bipartisan vote, HB 2267 passed to ensure that Virginians’ health insurance covers them to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescription contraception at one time, improving health outcomes and reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy.
When a patient has the ability to plan if and when to have children, it is beneficial to both them and to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ensuring Birth Control Access
Find out how we’re working toward a future where everyone who needs affordable contraception can get it.
1 Guttmacher Institute, Contraceptive Use in the United States