During 2016 and 2017, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund conducted a study on the availability of unrestricted Emergency Contraception (also known as “EC” or “The morning after pill”) in Maryland to determine areas in need of attention regarding implementation. NPCMF found significant barriers to EC access across the state. You can read the full report here.
Birth control is not controversial: 99 percent of sexually active women use it at some point in their lives.
People use birth control for all sorts of reasons, including to avoid getting pregnant before they are ready. Making birth control accessible and affordable is the quickest way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
At NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, we’re fighting to make sure every form of birth control is accessible, affordable and available for use by those who ask for it-from the University of Maryland public university system to Maryland’s correctional and detention centers.
Laws promoting insurance coverage of contraception are crucial to ensuring comprehensive reproductive-health care. The Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage policy ensured that the full range of birth control options would be covered with no copay. Although this policy is in danger at the federal level, some states also have passed laws ensuring this benefit. Other states have passed laws requiring that insurers cover a year’s supply of contraception dispensed at once.
Unfortunately, anti-choice extremists who are opposed to birth control for ideological reasons have worked to restrict access to contraception. Employers who want to deny their employees coverage of contraception won at the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Some states have enacted laws allowing some individuals and companies to refuse to provide or cover contraception.
In Maryland, we are fortunate enough to live in a state where our elected officials understand the importance of pushing proactive legislation to safeguard against attempts to restrict access to birth control. However, we must still work to hold our officials accountable to our vision for a Maryland where we all get the medication that we need.