Let’s work to improve access to birth control

I write in response to the recent Douglas Turner column, “Birth control mandate appears to be in limbo.” Contrary to the author’s suggestion, no part of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage benefit requires covering abortifacients. The birth control coverage benefit excludes approximately 335,000 churches and houses of worship. Further, New York State employers have long been required to provide coverage for birth control.

This is not a new issue, nor is it a religious or political issue. It is a medical issue. Birth control is basic health care for women. Access to birth control improves health outcomes for women and families. We should be working to improve access to birth control, and therefore improve the health of families in Western New York.

Ginger Bond, M.D.