Contraceptive Access & Affordability

Ensuring access to birth control for all Latinas is important for securing their right to health care. Access to birth control will improve our health and strengthen our communities by supporting a woman’s individual decision-making. No woman should have to decide between paying for her birth control and putting food on her family’s table, paying for rent or childcare.

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The overwhelming majority of latinas, including Catholic Latinas use contraception at some point in our lives.

  • 97% of Latinas who have ever had sex have used contraception.
  • 96% of sexually active Catholic Latinas have used a contraceptive banned by the Vatican.

Latinas continue to face barriers in getting affordable contraception and as a consequence experience unintended pregnancy two times more often than our white peers.

  • 1 in 3 Latinas/os are currently uninsured.
  • Many Latinas do not have access to a provider who they can get to, who can speak their first language, and who can provide culturally competent reproductive health care.
  • Latinas are disproportionately poor and birth control copays are expensive. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 50% of women aged 18 to 34, including Latinas, said there had been a time when the cost of a prescription contraceptive prevented consistent use.
  • Poor women in the U.S. are four times more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than women who have more resources, due in large part to lack of access to contraception and other reproductive health care.

Access to safe, effective, and affordable contraception, including emergency contraception, is good for the health of Latinas, good for the wellbeing of our families, and good for our communities.

  • Using contraceptives to plan and space pregnancies improves the health of a woman and her children— those she already has and those she will have in the future.
  • Ensuring that women have the tools to plan the number and spacing of children reduces the risk of maternal death, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

Contraceptive access & affordability
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