5 Reasons Why The Contraceptive Coverage Guarantee Is So Important

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from Think Progress,

During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she was “dumbfounded” that in 2012 Democrats are still having to battle with conservative lawmakers over basic women’s health care like access to contraception. “If my Republican colleagues want to continue to take this issue head on,” she said, “we stand ready to oppose any attacks launched against women’s rights and women’s health.”

Indeed, when you look at the overwhelming evidence of the benefits to women and society that will result from providing no-cost contraceptive coverage, it’s hard not to be baffled by the opposition to what is clearly a vital component of women’s healthcare. Here are the top 5 reasons why the Obama Administration’s regulation requiring insurers and employers to provide contraceptive coverage at no additional cost is so important:

1) Birth control is expensive.

2) Contraception has numerous health benefits.

3) Birth control usage is nearly universal.

4) Providing no-cost contraceptive coverage is cost effective.

5) It’s about more than birth control.

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