Myth: Texas cannot afford to provide contraception.
Reality: Taxpayers save money by providing contraception for low-income women.
Myth: Contraception is cheap and easy to get.
Reality: Cost is a barrier, especially for the most effective methods.
- Birth control pills can cost more than $60 per month. Even generic birth control pills require regular healthcare visits.
- The highly effective methods often cost hundreds of dollars up front.
- 55 percent of 18-34-year-olds struggle with the cost of prescription birth control.
Myth: Contraception does not work.
Reality: Modern contraceptives are effective.
- IUDs and implants are more than 99 percent effective.
- Contraception is far more effective than no method, which has an 85-percent pregnancy rate within one year.
Publicly funded contraception prevents nearly 2 million U.S. unplanned pregnancies each year.
Myth: Contraception encourages bad behavior.
Reality: Contraception helps women take personal responsibility for their family’s future.
Myth: Contraception is controversial.
Reality: Overwhelming majorities find birth control morally acceptable.
Myth: Private charities can provide the needed preventive care and birth control.
Reality: The need far outstrips availability.
Myth: Contraception is the same as abortion.
Reality: Use of effective contraception reduces abortion.