Citing reproductive healthcare as an economic and civil rights issue, House Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts introduced the Affordability is Access Act – a congressional bill that would require insurance companies to completely cover oral contraceptives (the pill) without a doctor’s prescription.
Communities that experience higher rates of unintended pregnancies also experience lower rates of contraceptive access and use. Nearly half of the people who could not afford contraceptives report that they would start using methods like the pill or the ring if it were available over-the-counter at their local pharmacies. In low-income areas, however, availability of healthcare isn’t enough to make it accessible. Lawmakers and researchers alike believe that the success of this bill relies on removing both barriers to using birth control: access to healthcare providers and cost. Click here to read more.