Birth control is critical health care. It protects people’s health and helps them plan their families. It allows people to participate in the workforce and pursue an education. Some types of birth control are also used to treat common medical conditions. That’s why the Affordable Care Act ensures that most health insurance plans cover birth control with no co-pay.
But religious extremists and their lawmaker allies want employers and universities to be able to use religion to deny workers and students access to birth control, even when the institutions do not have to provide access directly. Our government should be protecting America’s workers and students, not denying them access to birth control and putting their health at risk.