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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 11:24 AM
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A Setback For Women....Viagra Yes, Birth Control, NO!
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We want to alert you that yesterday women's health suffered a significant setback. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a shameful ruling that limits access to birth control. It all started when Union Pacific, the largest railroad in North America, made a reprehensible decision to cover Viagra and deny coverage for birth control.

Birth control is basic health care and insurance plans should cover it just like they cover other prescription drugs. Contraceptive coverage provides women with critical access to birth control they might not otherwise be able to afford. Yet, Union Pacific deliberately chose to exclude coverage of prescription contraceptives from its health care plan. And now, in a decision made public yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has decided to let them get away with it.

Planned Parenthood has worked for years in Congress and the courts to advocate for this basic fairness issue. We know that access to birth control leads to healthier pregnancies, children, and families. Help Planned Parenthood continue its vital programs and fight back against this outrageous step backward for women's health.

Donate now. Planned Parenthood Federation of America must step up its Prevention First campaign making it against the law for health plans to deny coverage for prescription birth control.

Planned Parenthood attorneys helped win an earlier district court decision that rejected Union Pacific's unfair treatment of its women employees. That court refused to let Union Pacific get away with denying women coverage for prescription drugs and devices to prevent pregnancy, while providing coverage for a broad array of prescriptions to prevent other non-pregnancy-related conditions.

The court called it what it is illegal "pregnancy discrimination."

But now, in a split decision, two judges (one appointed by George W. Bush, the other by Ronald Reagan) have decided that, in spite of this different treatment of women, Union Pacific is not guilty of sex discrimination.

This wrong-headed decision is binding on courts within the seven states in the Eighth Circuit Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. And it will have a deep and damaging impact on all unionized women employees of Union Pacific, wherever they live.

That's why we have to step up our efforts to undo the damage by urging Congress to pass the Prevention First Act. Donate Now!

The Prevention First Act advances a wide range of measures: expanding access to reproductive health care services and education programs, increasing access to family planning services, preventing the spread of STIs, and giving women the tools they need to make the best decisions possible.

If we can get this done, Union Pacific and the judges that have excused their reprehensible actions won't be able to disregard women's health any longer. Let's get to work. Let's win a big, powerful victory for contraceptive equity!

Sincerely,



Cecile Richards
President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

P.S. Let's take our outrage at this court decision and use it to add new momentum for Prevention First. Please donate right now.
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