Since day one, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has been arguing that contraception is important for the health and well-being of Latinas and our communities.
Today, President Obama announced an accommodation to the rule requiring most employers, excluding houses of worship, to provide health insurance that covers contraception. NLIRH applauds the new rule as it will provide women with “seamless access to birth control without expensive co-pays while providing accommodation to religiously affiliated employers.”
However, we know this issue won’t go away. As you may recall, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently introduced a bill that would undermine the provisions in the Affordable Care Act related to women’s health and reproductive health services by dramatically broadening refusal protections.
Thus, as the coversation continues, NLIRH will continue to deliver the facts.
Here is a sneak preview of the facts:
– A rollback on insurance coverage for contraception will hurt Latino families and will not end the political debate.
– The overwhelming majority of Latinas, including Catholic Latinas, use contraception.
– Most Latinas, including Catholic Latinas, support the coverage of contraception.
– Contraceptive coverage without co-pays is good for the health of women, good for the well-being of their families and good for our communities.
– Latino community leaders support birth control coverage.
You can also join us on Facebook, by sharing a Valentine to Secretary Sebelius, and on Twitter, where you can tell us what you will do #with600dollars that you will be saving each year thanks to no co-pays for birth control! You can also follow our hashtags #iheartbc and #bcftw.
Please join us by thanking the President and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by tweeting @BarackObama and @Sebelius or posting your thanks on their Facebook pages! This rule could save you and your family $600.00/year, so it’s a big deal!
The fact sheets are Just the Facts: Latinas and Birth Control Coverage in English and Sólo los hechos: Las latinas y la cobertura de los anticonceptivos en español.