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It's 2012. Are we seriously fighting over birth control?

by Sarah Audelo, Senior Federal Policy Manager

This year, you have already proven how truly powerful grassroots activists can be. I wish we had time to simply celebrate these victories, but the attacks just keep coming.

After an outpouring of support from activists like you, President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services announced in January that they are standing strong by no-cost birth control. In that announcement, the administration kept intact a conscience clause for churches. While we believe everyone should have access to basic preventive coverage, the Obama administration has already provided a compromise.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to stand strong against attacks on birth control coverage. Tell Congress not to undermine women's access to basic health care.

Despite these clear concessions aimed at finding a middle ground, social conservatives are not stopping their relentless attack on access to birth control. Social conservatives — led, as usual, by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — have decided that if you're a student or employee of a religious affiliated organization, they have the right to deny you any medical coverage they don't agree with.

This view is extreme, but they're making sure people listen. If you look at the media, birth control is suddenly a "controversial issue."

It's 2012. Are we seriously talking about denying women access to birth control? Apparently, we are.


TAKE ACTION: Don't let attacks on birth control undermine women's health. Tell President Obama and Congress to stand up for birth control.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced a bill to greatly expand the religious exemption which would exclude contraceptive coverage for those with health insurance and impose a financial burden on women choosing to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The House of Representatives is gearing up to do the same. We need you to take a stand.

256 million people are guaranteed access to basic preventive coverage — including birth control — because of the Affordable Care Act. Since birth control coverage would guaranteed to everyone else, the White House must not cave to 261 Catholic Bishops and deny students and workers at religious institutions the same basic health care.

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