Congress Advances Measure to Increase Contraception Access for Military Servicewomen

Both the House and Senate have advanced versions of the annual defense bill that include provisions increasing access and the quality of contraceptive care for women serving in the military. After the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released a report last year finding that servicewomen regularly encounter “barriers, both informal and formal” to accessing family planning care, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been discussion solutions. Last week the House approved a version of the defense bill that includes would require military clinics and hospitals to be able to access all FDA-approved methods of contraception. The new provisions would also ensure women in combat would receive appropriate counseling to determine the best and most effective method for their situation.

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