More on Access to Birth Control Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act to protect a woman’s fundamental right of access to legal contraception. The bill seeks to stop pharmacies from denying the sale of contraceptives because of a pharmacy employee’s religious beliefs. In recent years, women in at least 24 states across the country have reported incidents where they have been denied access to birth control and emergency contraception.
WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation guaranteeing a woman’s ability to access birth control - including over-the-counter emergency contraception - was introduced by U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) today at a Capitol Hill rally attended by several leading women’s organizations. The “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act,” would make it illegal for a pharmacy to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions and require pharmacies to help, not hinder a woman’s ability to access contraception.
Maloney Calls for Passage of Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act As Huntington, NY Pharmacist Refuses to Fill Birth Control Prescription
WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) joined local activists in Huntington, NY to call for passage of The Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act (ALPhA), legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) which seeks to protect the right of individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription, while ensuring that pharmacies will fill all prescriptions without delay or harassment, even if a different pharmacist has to do it. Maloney and Israel are concerned by a report that a pharmacist at the Pathmark in Dix Hills refused to fill a prescription in March for emergency contraception pills and did not refer the medical professional calling in the prescription to another pharmacist at the store or to another pharmacy.
On 40th Anniversary of Supreme Court Birth Control Decision, Some Women Have Seen Their Rights Vanish
Reps. Maloney, Shays, Wasserman Schultz and Crowley have introduced legislation to guarantee all legal prescriptions are filled. WASHINGTON, DC - On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed that the Constitution protects a privacy right to use birth control, Members of Congress and leading organizations stood together to celebrate the anniversary and to warn about new efforts to undermine this right. Griswold v. Connecticut may be 40 years old today, but the issues it resolved have risen anew in 21st century America.
WASHINGTON, DC - During an outdoor rally today on Capitol Hill, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and other lawmakers and supporters introduced legislation to STOP pharmacies from denying the sale of physician prescribed prescription medications because of their employees religious beliefs.