Thursday, March 12, 2009

Update: Affordable Birth Control Is Back!

On March 10, 2009, the Senate passed the FY 2009 Omnibus spending bill; this budget plan, already passed in the House, awaits President Obama’s expected approval. The plan contains a much-needed provision called the Affordable Birth Control Act, or ABC. A correction to a 2007 semantic error that forced pharmaceuticals to raise the price of birth control at family planning clinics and college health centers, the ABC is explained here. Its long-awaited ratification will be incredibly helpful to women across the country who saw their birth control from college health centers and safety net clinics rise exponentially in price.

Thank you, United States Congress, for rejecting the repugnant claims of Sen. Jim DeMint and others. Thank you for helping women everywhere, particularly those most in need, to claim control over their own bodies -- and thank you for putting common sense and ethics before intrusive, twisted ideology.

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