Bill that Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Passes California Senate

GR.–Access to contraception is a proven step toward better lives for women and greater control over Earth’s population problem.  And yet, in many places, women have no access.  For the sake of wild plants and animals, help make it so for women everywhere.

A month’s supply of birth control pills.

Leon Kolankiewicz.–“Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended or unwanted.

“In a bipartisan vote of 28 to 6, the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 999 on May 24. In doing so, it voted to eliminate a key hurdle obstructing consistent access to effective, safe contraception for women. If signed into law, SB 999 would require health plans in California to cover up to a one-year supply of hormonal contraceptives when requested by a woman’s health care provider.

“SB 999 would allow physicians and other health care providers to prescribe up to a 12-month supply of self-administered hormonal contraceptives, including birth control pills, the patch and the ring. An estimated 744,000 California women have active prescriptions for such contraceptives.

“Sen. Fran Pavley, author of SB 999, said:

“This is a smart, proven policy that will improve the lives of California women, reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions, and lower health care costs. For women who work, go to school, raise children and have otherwise demanding schedules, this will eliminate the need for repetitive trips to the pharmacy and reduce gaps in access to birth control.”

“One comprehensive survey of 84,401 Medi-Cal patients by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) with the 12-month option demonstrated that this method led to 30 percent fewer unintended pregnancies (and 46 percent fewer abortions) than those methods which require women to refill their prescriptions every 30 or 90 days. Other studies support these results.”  Continue reading:  Bill that Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Passes California Senate | Californians For Population Stabilization

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