Contraception is empowering. It enables people to achieve their educational, economic, and professional goals by allowing them to plan for and space their pregnancies. It’s also basic health care. And for service members and their families, it’s vital to ensuring military readiness, well-being, and equality.

The vast majority of Americans (86 percent) across the political spectrum agree that birth control should be easily accessible. This includes 93 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans who believe that birth control should be considered basic health care. Yet somehow, in 2021, access to the full range of contraceptive methods is out of reach for our military service members and their families due to lack of access and cost.

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