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Contraception for women is about individual health, not public morality

San Luis Obispo



The League of Women Voters of the United States was born more than 90 years ago after the long fight to secure the right to vote for women. Since 1992, when League members across the nation studied health-care policy, we have worked to ensure access to quality care for all. The League also has a strong commitment and belief that public policy in a diverse society must affirm the right of individuals to make their own reproductive choices. For women, individual reproduction choices coincide with individual health choices.

That is why the League supports a national health-care policy that guarantees women’s access to contraception through their employer or employer’s insurance plan. It is also why we believe that moral objections to contraception as asserted by churches and their affiliated hospitals or schools are religious matters and should not be elevated to the level of public policy.

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