I had the unique opportunity to stand on the Supreme Court steps this morning and share my experience as an ob-gyn, and the experiences of my patients back home in California, as the Court hears arguments in the Hobby Lobby case. My patients are among the millions of women who need and deserve contraceptive coverage.
I have treated thousands of women in my career and have seen firsthand how birth control and contraceptive counseling have helped them. For some, it helped to avoid an unintended pregnancy. For others, it helped to delay pregnancy until the time was right. For others, it has helped other medical conditions. But they all had one thing in common: Their family planning decisions were personal and their boss was not in the exam room. That is the way it should be, for every woman, every time.
Contraception, like all medical decisions, should be based on an individual woman’s needs and health – and nothing else. Contraceptive care IS preventive care. It enhances health and improves quality of life for women and for their families. By covering contraceptive care, we are making women’s health a priority, and we are investing in FUTURE generations.
Access to contraceptive care can make a world of difference to each woman. It improves the health of our nation and helps our health care system work better for all of us. Contraceptive coverage puts birth control within reach for more American women.
I’m proud to lend my voice to this important issue through my remarks this morning at the Supreme Court (#NotMyBossBusiness) and also here:
- Joint op-ed in CNN with Dr. Nancy Stanwood, President of Physicians for Reproductive Health—“In 2014, Why Are We Still Arguing about Birth Control?”
- Segment on CBS This Morning—“Birth Control Battle: Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Health Care Mandate” in an interview with Jan Crawford.
I’d also like to recognize important contraception and women’s health messages from two of my physician colleagues whose voices made a difference today:
- Dr. Hal Lawrence in The Huffington Post: “Women’s Health—A Priority, Not an Afterthought”
- Dr. Tim Johnson in the Detroit Free Press: “Why Your Doctor, Not Your Boss, Should Make Health Care Decisions”