What is Choice?
Anti-choice extremists are committed to restricting access to birth control.
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Birth Control is about equality for women. Using birth control allows women to decide when and whether to have a family. In fact, 98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives.
Many anti-choice activists oppose birth control just as much as they oppose abortion.
- They work to block women's access to birth control at pharmacies and hospitals.
- They lie about birth control to perpetuate a myth that it causes an abortion. Birth control is not abortion.
There are many ways to make sure that women get the birth control they need. Better access means fewer unintended pregnancies.
- Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy if used up to five days after sex.
- Pharmacies should not be able to refuse to fill a woman's prescription for birth control.
- The government should make sure that low-income women can afford birth control at family-planning clinics.
- If an insurance company covers prescription drugs, it should cover prescription birth control, too.
Preventing Pregnancy: Birth Control Methods
There are more forms of birth control available today than ever before. All are designed to prevent pregnancy, but only latex condoms, properly used, offer reliable protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
As with any medication or device, it is best to consult with your health care provider about the safest and most effective method for you. The effectiveness of the birth control method you choose will vary greatly depending on if it is used correctly or not.
On the following pages are the various contraceptive methods currently available. Most of the prescription methods should be available from your health care provider.