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STEPS TO INCREASE BIRTH
MAKE LOW COST CONTRACEPTION
AVAILABLE AT COLLEGE HEALTH
For almost 20 years, pharmaceutical companies were able to
offer a steep discount on prescription drugs, including birth
control pills, to college health centers and clinics serving lowincome women. This allowed these clinics and health centers
to pass those savings onto patients. In 2005, the Federal
Deficit Reduction Act passed without the provision specifying
this discount, leading to a dramatic increase in the price of
birth control on college campuses. Thankfully, in
2009 the discount program was reinstated by
Congress. Make sure your campus restores
affordable birth control. Here’s how:
STEP 1: Visit your health center and
confirm that it distributes birth control. If it does,
find out what kind it offers and how much is charged for each type (including pills, the
hormone shot, the ring, and other options).
STEP 2: If your center does not offer low-cost birth
control, set up a meeting with the health center director. Ask
if they are aware of the passing of the 2009 Omnibus bill,
which allows college health centers and clinics serving low income people to purchase and sell prescription drugs at a
low rate. Offer to work with the center to improve prices.
STEP 3: If you meet resistance, strategize. Call your
Choices National Campus Organizer at 703-522-2214
(East Coast) or 310-556-2500 (West Coast), or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to share experiences and learn
about what is going on at other colleges. The Feminist
Majority Foundation is working with the American College Health Association and is aware of what is happening
nationwide. Your story is important and you are part of a
national movement to increase birth control access!
STEP 4: Organize students on your campus to
demonstrate the need for low-cost birth control: hold a teachin on contraception and family planning, circulate petitions among students and faculty, and meet with administrators.
INCREASE FEDERAL FAMILY
Some 8.5 million women in the United States do not have
access to affordable birth control and publicly funded family
planning. One in four women has limited or no health insurance. Low income women are more
than four times more likely than affluent women
to have an unintended pregnancy.
Most experts say that the federal government
should be spending $2 billion dollars annually
on the Title X grant program (currently receiving
only $317.4 million) in order to fully meet the
public demand for necessary family planning
services. While that may sound like a lot, for every $1 spent
on family planning services, the government saves $4.02 in
Medicaid expenditures. Organize your campus to increase
federal family planning funding.
STEP 1: Educate your campus. Host a panel or teach-in
to spread the word about the need for increased family
planning funding. Use a poster campaign to teach students
about the lack of birth control access for many women in
the United States.
STEP 2: Circulate the Feminist Majority Foundation’s
petition to increase federal family planning funding. Send it
to the Feminist Majority Foundation so we can present it to