Friday, March 23, 2007

Birth Control Access Denied at UMD

Nelson is angry at the government for taking away her access to low-priced birth control — what she considers a reproductive right.

“Many other young women I know are either stopping taking the pill or asking their significant others to help cover the cost,” she said. “This is absolutely essential to young women on college campuses … something needs to change immediately.”

It reminds one of the story of the young women who couldn't ask her "significant other" for financial help for paying for birth control because "money was too personal a subject to discuss with him."

Addie Nelson had just started to consider using University of Minnesota Duluth health services to buy a cheaper form of birth control. The freshman art and women’s studies major doesn’t have a car and said it would be difficult to get to a family planning clinic off campus.

But federal legislation signed by President Bush now prevents colleges from offering inexpensive forms of birth control. Provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 — meant to save government money by cutting certain programs — began in January. [...snip] Duluth NewsTribune

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