Democratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as “ABC”

February 25, 2013 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, News

Democratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as “ABC”

Recently reintroduced legislation could keep pharmacists from refusing to fill women’s birth control prescriptions

By Katie Mcdonough

While the White House and the Catholic Church continue to slug it out over whether private, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby should have to provide their employees with federally mandated birth control, two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to ease one roadblock to women’s access to contraception: Pharmacists.

In an effort to standardize pharmacies’ procedures for filling prescriptions for birth control, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have reintroduced the “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act.” It’s the same bill the politicians tried to get through previous legislative sessions, but these two are clearly Charlie-Brown-and-the-football types, and are optimistically giving it another shot.

“This legislation would prevent a pharmacy from interfering in the personal medical decisions made by a patient and her doctor,” Lautenberg said in a press release. “Birth control is basic health care for women, and Obamacare has removed financial hurdles for millions of women; we can’t allow other obstacles to be placed in their way. By guaranteeing that women can access birth control at every pharmacy in the country, we can ensure that women are never denied the right to make responsible decisions about their reproductive health.”

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