FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2017
NARAL-Backed Contraception Bill Passes Unanimously Out of House Committee
Bipartisan Support for Plan to Expand Access to Basic Contraceptive Care A Win For Nevada Women and Families
The Nevada Assembly Health Committee today unanimously passed a plan to protect women’s access to birth control. The NARAL-backed legislation, AB 249 (Frierson), ensures contraception remains affordable by codifying the “no-co pay” requirement of the Affordable Care Act into Nevada law. It also expands access by allowing for up to 12 months of contraception to be dispensed at once.The strong bipartisan support for the bill mirrors the incredible grassroots support we’ve seen across the state. NARAL members from across Nevada have participated in a series of “Feminist Road Trips” to support the bill, driving for hours on buses to lobby leaders on behalf of families across the state.
“The growing, bipartisan support for this bill is a major win for women and families across Nevada,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, state director for NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada. “With so much uncertainty about what will happen to our health care, it’s time for leaders in Carson City to take action to protect families here in Nevada. Access to contraception is central to women’s autonomy and equality. That’s why NARAL members have been working hard to rally support for this commonsense plan to empower Nevada women and ensure better health outcomes for our families. With so much dysfunction in politics, the bipartisan support this bill has received is proof that we can still get things done, across the aisle, here in Nevada.”
AB 249 would codify the women’s health provisions into Nevada law, including ensuring Nevadans continued to enjoy no co pays for birth control, and expands contraceptive coverage by allowing women to get 12 months of birth control pills at once. For birth control to be effective, consistency is essential. For many women, particularly those who are low income or who live rural areas, receiving only a limited supply of contraception at a time can impede their ability to use birth control on a consistent basis.
NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom for all through legislative, political and community organizing. NARAL has organizers in Northern and Southern Nevada and we organize directly in the community through door to door outreach, phone banking, online actions and community events.