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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Take action for affordable birth control

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you've read about a critically important issue facing students and other low-income individuals: skyrocketing birth control prices.

Last year, Congress changed a law which, for nearly twenty years, has allowed pharmaceutical companies to provide birth control pills at very low cost to certain health care providers. In doing so, Congress inadvertently cut off college and university health centers and some community health providers from obtaining birth control at low cost.

On some college campuses, birth control has gone from $5 or $10 to $40 or $50 dollars. Some college health centers have stopped providing birth control at all. This pricing affects over 3 million college students and 750,000 low-income women and is having a devastating impact on women and families nationwide.

Tell your member of Congress to fix the problem by making a small change in the law. It doesn't cost Congress or taxpayers a dime, but will allow university health centers and safety net providers to offer affordable birth control to women who need it.

Illinois Representative Mark Kirk, as an original co-sponsor, deserves a shout out for helping to get this legisation off the ground. Representative Jan Schakowsky also deserves thanks for signing on.

Please let your Representative know how you feel about this issue.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Cara said...

I just wanted to let you know that I can't get the page to load when I click the link! I don't know if the site is down or if it's the wrong URL, but I thought I'd bring it to your attention.

October 30, 2007 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Carrie B. said...

Hey Cara,
For some reason the page was taking for ever to load, but I just tried it again and it seems ok now. You can also access it directly by cutting and pasting this URL into your browser: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/fixdra/

Hope that works! Sorry for the technical problem.

October 30, 2007 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Haven't tried the link Cara's talking about, but I *love* the new look. Great job!

October 30, 2007 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Carrie B. said...

Thank you!

October 30, 2007 at 5:03 PM  

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