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Texas-ACOG Supports HB 940 by Representative Howard and HB 1161 by Representative Davis

ACOG Dist XI - TexasApril 29, 2017Articles

ACOG strongly supports access to effective methods of contraception, including oral contraceptives, as an integral component of women’s health care. ACOG has long advocated for access to contraception based on its tremendous impact on a woman’s overall health and well-being.

HB 940 and HB 1161 would allow a woman to obtain up to a 12-month supply of birth control pills at one time.

  • There is no documented medical reason to restrict a woman’s access to certain quantities of birth control (i.e. 90-day supply).
  • Studies show improved access to an extended supply of contraception increases continuation. This is good for public health because it prevents unintended pregnancies.
  • Family planning allows a woman to be as healthy as possible before pregnancy, leading to healthier pregnancies and healthier babies. It allows for adequate birth spacing, lowering the risks of low birth weight and preterm birth.
  • Birth control is safe, has a low risk of complications, and the risks are often lower than those associated with pregnancy. A woman and her ob-gyn can appropriately screen for risk factors, during her annual well-woman visit.
  • Birth control offers important non-contraceptive benefits, including lowering the risk of certain cancers, treating heavy menstrual bleeding and dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), and reducing symptoms of endometriosis.

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