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Planned Parenthood Says New Regulations Ensure Women Can Get Birth Control at No Cost

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America today said that the revised accommodation to the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit will ensure that women can access no co-pay birth control as part of basic health care.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:58 am
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Planned Parenthood Federation of America today said that the revised accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit will ensure that women can access no co-pay birth control as part of basic health care. Following is a statement issued by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“This policy delivers on the promise of women having access to birth control without co-pays no matter where they work. Of course, we are reviewing the technical aspects of this proposal, but the principle is clear and consistent. This policy makes it clear that your boss does not get to decide whether you can have birth control.

“Birth control is a basic and essential component of women’s preventive health care. Women have been fighting for access to birth control for decades, and this is a historic advance for both health care and equality. As one of the nation’s leading providers of reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood has led the charge for access to contraception for nearly a century and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that women have access to birth control without hurdles or co-pays.”


Public polling finds overwhelming support for women’s access to birth control:

• Seven in ten Americans (70%) believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services, according to an October 2012 poll by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

The Contraceptive CHOICE Study released last fall demonstrated that access to no co-pay birth control — as is outlined in the Affordable Care Act — leads to significantly lowered unintended pregnancy and abortion rates.

Access to affordable birth control benefits women and their families:

• Birth control has contributed to the advancement of women in the workplace by allowing them to plan for their futures and invest in their careers.

• Research finds that availability of the pill is responsible for a third of women’s wage increases relative to men.

• By the 1980s and ’90s, the women who had early access to the pill were making eight percent more each year than those who did not.

Planned Parenthood | Common Dreams |

. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:10 am
I'm sorry Kit, but Planned Parenthood is a tragic multi-million dollar waste of tax money - starting with its name. If a 16 year old girl walked in to PPH, she would be given options:have the baby, or opt for an abortion. This is parenthood?
Next, if she decides to keep the baby, she will receive free exams throughout her pregnancy. Her delivery will be paid by medicade. Formula, diapers, a STIPEND will be given to the mother monthly for the baby's care, as well as free medical visits up to a year.
Add all of these service up. What would it cost the middle class taxpayer aside from those cost covered by insurance which they pay into? Possibly $75,000?
Times this by say 25,000 women nationwide - it's quite a bit of taxpayer support.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:57 am
Either ME or Allan misunderstood something here...I think the regulation in the healthcare act is to allow for women-and that includes teenagers- to get the pill so they WON'T "walk in to PPH "to just get these 2 options.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:00 pm
Are we not talking about CONTRACEPTION here and NOT about abortion!? And that without co-paying so women and girls can afford this.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:01 pm

I'm sorry Allan that you like so many others, do not know or understand the full extent of what Planned Parenthood is or does, or how it helps the young and impoverished people in America, both men and women.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:40 pm
Typical: if it sounds-or even smells-like spending tax $$, fight it from start-whatever it is. How awfully selfish!

Rebecca S (61)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:41 pm
Good to hear! We need more sex education and pregnancy prevention for impoverished women.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:10 pm
My budget allows for a contribution to Planned Parenthood, as well as NARAL...and I'm happy to give. I'm going to recheck my budget to see if I can increase my contribution....this is a worthwhile organization.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:50 pm
I am happy to hear from kits comments that it helps the young, impoverished for both genders

pam w (139)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:27 pm
Planned Parenthood has done more for women than any other organization I can think of...and I've left them money in my will to continue the good fight.

As long as the religious TALIBAN try to interfere with private reproductive decisions, Planned Parenthood is vital to freedoms of privacy and choice.

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
Excellent news! Thank you very much Kit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:08 pm

I give monthly to both NARAL and Planned Parenthood, add to that animal groups that I support.

I'm not sure how people suddenly decided that Planned Parenthood was nothing but an abortion clinic, but that is not factual information. More of the stuff that spreads like wildfire on the Internet, that should be swirling round the bottom of a toilet bowl.

. (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:41 pm
Noted and thanks Kit.

Autumn S (151)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:58 pm
Noted, thanks Kit

Thomas P (280)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:27 pm
Noted...thanks Kit. Planned Parenthood (PP) does so much for women and I am proud to be a supporter of them. Well over 90% of what they do has NOTHING to do with performing abortions. Allan Y....welcome to an organization that is truly pro-life...before and after the birth. Moreover, with all the cancer screenings that PP does, they prevent so many diseases and catch cancer in its earliest stages that would otherwise go undetected. It helps prevent the spread of STI's by treating those that contract them and by educating others on how not to get them. Additionally, consider how many abortions PP PREVENTS by making contraception available to millions. This just in... more availability of birth control equals fewer abortions. Planned Parenthood saves taxpayers millions more $ than it costs us. We can agree to disagree on the issue of a woman's right to choose, but make no mistake about it...Planned Parenthood is a Godsend to millions of women and families in this country....blessings to them.

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:42 pm

Thanks Thomas, that was indeed well said. Worthy of a galaxy of Green Stars.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:11 pm
I have and WILL continue to stand by Planned Parenthood.
They are NOT demons, they are humanitarians helping poor women

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:59 am
I am so glad this has come to be. it SHOULD be available as a standard, no co-pay item. In fact it should be free for all women.


Ro H (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:21 am

Susanne R (234)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:56 pm
Even though Allan was confused about the mission of Planned Parenthood and the message of this article, he brings up a good point. Many pro-lifers are against abortion for a multitude of reasons: many are men who demand to be in control of women's bodies; many find that it conflicts with their religious and/or moral beliefs; many don't believe that society should have to "pay" for such procedures. The problem is, while they would put a woman in a situation where she would HAVE to bear a child that was unplanned, the product of rape, or the product of failed contraception --they completely abandon the mother and child once the child is born! Are they there to provide financial and emotional assistance? Their government representatives vote against any type of aid to mothers who bear children they can't afford or aren't emotionally stable enough to raise. To me, the bigger sin is turning your back on a child living outside the womb and denying it the nourishment, shelter, medical care and other support it needs to become a happy, healthy and productive member of society. I don't like abortion, and I don't know anyone who does, and I certainly would not support abortion after the first trimester of pregnancy, but I can't understand the hypocritical reasoning that would protect an embryo but ignore a viable, living being.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:53 pm
Bravo to Thomas and Susanne! And let me tell you about the latest incident making the big news here:
The case of a woman being refused in catholic hospitals in Cologne(most their hospitals there ARE catholic)
Two Catholic hospitals in Germany accused of turning away a rape victim >>

So yesterday the news broke with a formal statement from that archbishop Cardinal Meisner that he apologised, saying he was not up-to-date on latest science and has now, after getting educated revises his earlier statement and ordered all hospitals to task their duties by latest medical standards in accordance with the respective women's desires.

Looks like this would be unthinkable in the "middle-aged" US.. I really feel for the poor women there!

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:06 pm

Feel for all the women here, Angie. Either you have the money to buy expensive insurance and still pay co-payments or manage as best you can without the help of doctors. This is a major step forward by finally having access to contraception.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:35 pm
I think this is important because women should be able to access birth control if they choose so. It helps bring about equality not to mention its best for the woman's emotional and physical health if she doesn't need to worry about having enough money or waiting to buy some when she does.

Helen P (39)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:11 pm
Planned Parenthood has it's faults and what organization that actually does something doesn't have faults?

But this I will say, we CAN NOT afford a population explosion. You think we're paying taxes now! Wait 'til we have to pay for those diapers.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:37 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.
I am Catholic and in my opinion,,, if they are NOT going to respect employees and other women's rights,,, then why shouldn't they pay taxes? They SHOULD NOT be allowed to have it both ways. They should have to pay their fair share of taxes on those hospital anyways. Non profit my a**

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:57 pm
"The Contraceptive CHOICE Study released last fall demonstrated that access to no co-pay birth control — as is outlined in the Affordable Care Act — leads to significantly lowered unintended pregnancy and abortion rates."

Previous studies by WHO also came to the same conclusion. By preventing pregnancy in the first place, the abortion rate automatically goes down.

This whole controversey in the US is about power. The power over women. The power to deny health care to people who could not otherwise afford it. And unfortunately, it is controversey being falsely played out under the banner of religious freedom. Such bunkum!

Planned Parenthood is more than the sum of its parts.

Susanne R (234)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:01 pm
Bravo, Lynn!

Wilde Thange (10)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
But it is a health cae where the govt pay the user to not have insurance3. But where they have it this still put red tape and obfuscation in front of regualre meidcla servies. I can environs a relgious institution systme of insuracne standads functioning as relgioious morlity police. Where more and more obstacles are presented to medical issues reltaed to premarital sex, sdultery, homosexuality, ceasarian sections, fertility tretment, invn vitro fertilization, surrogacy and on an on an on just like thay are plaguing abortion clinics with rules and regulations running them out of business and cotors in fear and intimidatiion having to full time security and body guards. This just gives them encouragement to pursue sexual ignorance and plague us with their dark ages view of the world. This is a culture war over religious tyranny over our lives not their freedoms..
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