Raising Women’s Voices

Paying Too High a Price? A Diagnosis for Over-the-Counter Contraception

Posted in Affordability, Maternity Care, Reproductive Health Care, Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on February 3, 2009

Myra Batchelder of RH Reality Check blogs about accessing over-the-counter contraception.  Emergency Contraception (EC) is now available over-the-counter, but the high cost still leaves the resource out of reach to many low-income women.  Furthermore, over 10% of women rely on Medicaid for care during their reproductive years.  Many states have Medicaid programs that require women to obtain a prescription in order to receive EC.  Given that EC is a time-sensitive option, the stipulation only adds to the barriers that women who desire EC face.  Also, the Hyde Amendment, which declares that no federal Medicaid funds shall be used for abortion services, denying many women the reproductive care that they desire.

Click  here to read Myra’s blog!


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