Michele Spring Reporting:

(Tuesday, December 04, 2018) – Women’s rights advocates are highlighting the many ways in which birth control improves the lives and opportunities of women and families.

CEO of Power to Decide, a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization, Ginny Ehrlich says studies show that 99% of women use birth control at some point in their life.

“And we know that if women have the opportunity to decide if when and under what circumstances to get pregnant, not only do they do better and thrive but their families do better.”

Last month, the Trump administration finalized a policy change that would allow employers with religious or moral concerns to decline providing no-cost birth control for female workers. Ehrlich noted that women’s rights groups, already suing the administration over an earlier version of the opt-out, vowed to continue their court battle.

A recent survey conducted by Power to Decide revealed that nearly 8 in 10 (78%) adults in the United States—including 66% of Republicans and 93% of Democrats—consider birth control to be a basic part of women’s health care.

“19 million women live in counties in which there is not reasonable access to the full range of contraceptive methods. Specifically, the 19 million women who are eligible for publically funded contraception. So, that means that low-income women who are already struggling economically are trying to figure out how to access health care.”

Ehrlich says ultimately they would like to see women have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.

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