FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2017
DC Politicians Vote to Jeopardize Women’s Health Care: Nevada Should Act Now to Protect Contraceptive Access
NARAL Urges Swift Passage of Legislation that Would Ensure Birth Control Remains Accessible, Has Already Passed Nevada Assembly
Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada called on Nevada leaders to speed up the passage of AB 249 (Frierson), a bill to protect access to birth control, as President Trump and Congressional Republicans advanced two measures that threaten Nevada families’ access to basic reproductive healthcare. These included two simultaneous moves in DC, an executive order signed that will roll back the contraceptive coverage protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the House passing legislation to take healthcare coverage away from millions of Americans. These dangerous measures remind us how important it is to fight for pro-choice policies at the local level, including the NARAL-backed contraception bill, that recently passed the State Assembly on a strong bipartisan vote of 40 to 2.
“While DC Politicians seek to undermine women and our access to basic healthcare, it’s time for leaders across Nevada to stand up to defend our rights,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, state director for NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada.”NARAL members across Nevada are fighting to pass a bill that will ensure birth control remains affordable by codifying no copay provisions and increase access by allowing Nevadans to get up to 12 months of birth control. We know that access to reproductive healthcare, including contraception, is key to creating a world where women’s autonomy and equality. That’s why NARAL is calling on legislative leaders to stand up for women and families across Nevada, pass this common sense plan to protect access to birth control and send to to Governor Sandoval to sign into law.”
NARAL members from across Nevada have participated in a series of “Feminist Road Trips” to support the contraception bill. AB 249 would codify the contraceptive-coverage policy of the ACA into state law, ensuring Nevadans can continue to access birth control with no co-pay even if President Trump guts or eliminates the benefit entirely . The bill also expands contraceptive coverage by allowing women to get up to 12 months of birth control at once. For birth control to be effective, consistency is essential. For many women, particularly those who are lower 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.
For more about the state of reproductive freedom in Nevada, including access to contraception, click here.