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Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 17, 2014
Cory Booker, D-NJ
"Family planning is central to women’s basic health care. Studies show that 99 percent of women will use contraception at some point in their lives. Yet, despite the prevalence of contraceptive use, women in at least 24 States across the country have reported incidents where pharmacists have refused to fill prescriptions for birth control or provide emergency contraception to individuals who do not require a prescription. Furthermore, 6 States permit refusals without patient protections, such as requirements to refer or transfer prescriptions, and 7 States allow refusals but prohibit pharmacists from obstructing patient access to medication. It is Unbelievable to me that in 2014 we are still debating a woman’s right to make responsible and personal decisions about her own health."
House’S Failure To Consider Hr 5051: The Protect Women’S Health From Corporate Interference Act (Not My Boss’ Business Act) July 17, 2014
Louise Slaughter, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, if anyone had told me that at the beginning of my career that I would fight 40 years for the right for contraception, I would never have believed it. We thought Griswold v. Connecticut had settled this, but no. It’s been a constant war to control women, which is exactly what this is about."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4719, Fighting Hunger Incentive Act Of 2014 July 17, 2014
Ami Bera, D-CA
"Now, others might say, well, that patient can still choose to get it. The reason people have health insurance is because they want to have health care available when it is necessary. What if that patient can’t afford that health care option? For many patients, hourly workers, often contraception can cost up to $600 a year. They are not able to afford it. That is why this is such an outrageous decision. We have got to keep the government and the Supreme Court out of our exam room."
Executive Session July 16, 2014
Edward Markey, D-MA
"In real life working women earn their insurance coverage. It is part of their pay, and they depend on insurance to pay for their health care—including contraception—for themselves and their families. If that employer’s choice of insurance doesn’t pay for a particular type of contraception, a woman will be forced to give up her right to use it."
Protect Women’S Health From Corporate Interference Act July 16, 2014
Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
"The Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby went far beyond what Congress intended in passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Federal law limited by Hobby Lobby was the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that preventive health services including contraceptives are covered without cost-sharing in both individual and employer-provided health plans. Preventive health services include contraception because it is basic health care for women. This is an important benefit secured by federal law for all American women, 99 percent of whom have used contraception at some point in their lives. The medical community has almost unanimously recognized contraception as basic and essential health care. As the Guttmacher Institute explained in 2011: Contraceptive use “help[s] women avoid short intervals between births, thereby reducing the risk of poor birth outcomes.” “[S]hort birth intervals have been linked with numerous negative perinatal outcomes,” including “low birth weight, pre-term birth and small size for gestational age.” Contraceptives can also be used to treat common medical conditions including “menstrual-related migraines, the treatment of pelvic pain that accompanies endometriosis, and of bleeding due to uterine fibroids.”"

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