Statement on the White House Executive Order Expanding Access to Contraception
Advocates for Youth applauds and welcomes President Biden’s executive order expanding contraception access. In the current political environment, in which attacks on reproductive and sexual health and rights proliferate, it’s incredibly important to remove barriers to contraception where possible. We applaud the White House’s commitment to contraceptive access and strongly urge federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, to now take action to expand that access.
Advocates for Youth especially lauds the White House for sections of the Executive Order that will “bolster access for college and university students” as well as “promote increased access to over-the-counter contraception.”
“We need to ensure young people have everything they need to lead healthy lives and plan their futures, and that includes birth control options,” said Debra Hauser, President, Advocates for Youth. “In May, we saw a panel of experts convened by the FDA unanimously recommend that Opill be granted over-the-counter status – many citing how important it is for young people to be able to get contraception when and where they need it. The science is clear, and the need has never been greater. The White House and President Biden’s allyship in expanding birth control access is necessary and invaluable.”