Friday, October 3, 2008
No Relief for High Birth Control Prices
For the last year and a half, reproductive health advocates have been fighting a provision in the 2006 Deficit Reduction Act that inadvertently eliminated an incentive that enabled pharmaceutical companies to provide large discounts on birth control for college campuses and family planning clinics. As a result, birth control prices have soared.
Last week, the Senate failed to advance a bill that would have reversed this harmful provision (Senators Mikulski and Cardin from Maryland voted to pass the bill). Not surprisingly, the Bush Administration objects to the provision that would make birth control more affordable. This means that college students and low-income women in Maryland will continue to see the price of their birth control skyrocket. This is unacceptable and NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland continues to urge Congress and President Bush to make this fix as soon as possible.