As a family-medicine doctor, I see the difference it makes when states such as ours protect access to birth control. When I’m able to tell patients they can choose the contraceptive method that works best for them and that there are no additional fees or copays, I see relief in their eyes.
The editorial also mentions that birth control can help in cases of medical conditions, which I see firsthand in patients whose conditions could be life-threatening if not managed with contraception. I have no doubt that if employers refuse to cover this essential health care, patients will suffer.
Legislators and constituents should support the personal medical decisions patients make, not limit access to lifesaving health care.
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Glenna Martin, Seattle