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Proposed by Carolyn Maloney in the House of Representatives on May 19, 2017.
This legislation requires licensed pharmacists to provide birth control upon presentation of a valid prescription unless the medication is contraindicated by “a professional clinical judgment.” In addition, it clarifies that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) shall not provide a defense against this requirement. In addition, it establishes a private cause of action against a pharmacy for individuals who are denied contraception.
This legislation is intended to prevent the religious right’s attempted roll back of the contraceptive care requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The religious right frames contraceptive and reproductive care as a religious freedom issue for Christian health care providers. This bill includes evidence-based findings that contraceptive care is effective in preventing unintended pregnancy and in decreasing abortion rates. Center for Inquiry supports evidence-based policy to improve human welfare.