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Another birth control revolution? New health law could provide free contraceptives to women

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The Associated Press reports this morning on the possibility of what it calls “another birth control revolution:” free contraception for women in the United States. The country’s new health law includes a provision that requires no-cost preventive care for women, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., says the provision’s “clear intent” was to include family planning.

The articles discusses the debate over contraceptive coverage – a well-known gynecologist point out there’s “clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health,” while religious conservative groups “say pregnancy is a healthy condition, not an illness” – and notes that “it remains to be seen” how the Obama administration will apply the law to birth control.

A panel of experts advising the government meets later this month, and a decision is expected this summer.

Previously: Women’s health groups launch campaign for no-cost prescription birth control
Via CommonHealth
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