The Threat to Birth-Control Access in the Trump Era

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Media Outlet: The New Yorker

Alexis Okeowo wrote for The New Yorker on contemporary access to birth control in the United States:

One count of women using insurance to buy birth control saw the number increase by almost twenty per cent from 2014 to 2015. Yet the United States is behind most countries, even those where abortion is illegal, when it comes to the ability of women to purchase the pill over the counter. It’s an idea that many liberals and conservatives can agree on—an effective contraceptive sold at pharmacies, with provisions to provide it free to economically disadvantaged women, would take the pressure off reluctant employers.

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Alexis Okeowo was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She is the author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa and a staff writer for the New Yorker.