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Access to Birth Control

The freedom to decide when — or if — to have children is essential to women’s health, individual rights and family stability in our state. Policies that restrict or deny access to birth control undermine our moral commitment to these basic liberties. The Texas Freedom Network supports efforts to ensure adequate state funding and broad availability of birth control, especially for low-income women.

TFN also believes that corporations should not be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees' healthcare decisions by denying them insurance coverage for birth control. Women should be free to make decisions about their own health care regardless of where they work.

Unfortunately, the ability for women in Texas to access basic preventive healthcare services — including contraception and family planning — has been under attack. In 2011, state lawmakers enacted massive cuts to the state’s family planning budget, and Texas has seen ongoing efforts to impose further barriers to accessing birth control, such as allowing employers to deny insurance coverage of contraception to their employees.

A 2013 statewide poll from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund showed Texans believe that access to family planning and birth control is important and should not be limited by a woman’s income level, employer or medical provider. Voters support government taking action to ensure that Texas women can make their own decisions about family planning, including providing state funding for family planning and birth control programs in the state. Read a report on the full results of the poll here.

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Statewide poll by TFNEF - Texans Stand Up for Access to Birth Control (2013)
Statement by Texas religious leaders supporting access to birth control

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Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition
University of Texas Policy Evaluation Project