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Statement From New York State Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus on Institute of Medicine’s Recommendation to Include Birth Control as Preventative Care

Statement From New York State Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus on Institute of Medicine’s Recommendation to Include Birth Control as Preventative Care

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nysbpclc@gmail.com For Immediate Release | July 22, 2011 Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

Statement From New York State Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus on Institute of Medicine’s Recommendation to Include Birth Control as Preventative Care
This week a committee of scientists and medical experts appointed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommending that contraceptive and counseling methods to prevent unintended pregnancies be considered preventative health care and thus be provided without costs of any kind to the insured. The NYS Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) firmly supports this stance and applauds the IOM’s recognition of these vital services to women. Throughout the country, too many women who wish to obtain contraceptive care cannot do so because they cannot afford such services. As a result, one of the undeniable outcomes stemming from the lack of counseling and preventative medications, is that half of the pregnancies in the United States are unintended. While some women chose to carry these pregnancies to term and others decide to abort, the universal reality is that these women are forced to make difficult, and often costly, decisions that could have been averted with proper, yet simple, medical attention. In this country when we speak of "Choice," the reference is to a woman’s right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to full term. But what about the choice and control over becoming pregnant in the first place? While we are busy debating the outcomes of unintended pregnancies, many have managed to ignore why this problem arises in the first place: women do not have adequate access to family planning services and preventative medications. The recommendations of the Institute of Medicine further validate what many, including advocates throughout the State and Country, have been saying for a long time: methods to prevent unintended pregnancies are so essential to women’s health and well being that they must be provided to every woman, regardless of financial capability. The BPCLC hopes that President Obama, a father and husband who has long been a firm advocate for women’s rights, will heed the IOM’s professional and scientific findings and ensure that all legislation reflect the understanding that contraceptives are indeed preventative medicine. The New York State Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus (BPCLC) is a coalition of legislators from the New York State Senate and Assembly, whose mission is to protect Women’s Reproductive Rights in the State of New York. Spurred by increasing attacks against Women’s Reproductive Rights, members of the BPCLC are committed to coordinating their efforts to ensure that such attacks will never gain traction in New York State.

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