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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger Discusses Why Protecting Contraception Access is Vital for Americans

Updated: May 30

In a recent appearance on MSNBC's “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell,” Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger discussed the detrimental effects of inadequate access to contraception, particularly in light of Virginia Governor Youngkin's veto of the Right to Contraception Act. 

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger

She also emphasized the critical role of contraception in safeguarding family health, and the 5 serious challenges a world without access to reliable contraception would cause families.  

Unintended Pregnancies:

One of the foremost concerns highlighted by Spanberger is the heightened risk of unintended pregnancies in the absence of readily available contraception. Without access to effective birth control methods, individuals and couples may face unplanned pregnancies, which can strain familial resources, disrupt life plans, and cause financial instability.

Maternal and Infant Health:

Spanberger underscored the link between contraceptive access and maternal and infant health outcomes. Inadequate access to contraception can lead to a higher incidence of pregnancies among individuals who may not be ready for parenthood, increasing the likelihood of maternal complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Moreover, it can also result in infants being born into circumstances where proper prenatal care and support may be lacking, thereby impacting their health and development.

Economic Hardship:

The Congresswoman pointed out the economic repercussions associated with limited access to contraception. Unplanned pregnancies can exacerbate financial strain on families, potentially leading to increased poverty levels, reduced educational opportunities, and limited access to essential resources for both parents and children.

Health Disparities:

Spanberger highlighted how a lack of contraception access can exacerbate existing health disparities, particularly among marginalized communities. Limited access to affordable birth control options disproportionately affects low-income individuals, communities of color, and rural populations, perpetuating systemic inequalities in healthcare access and outcomes.

Impact on Reproductive Rights and Autonomy:

Lastly, the Congresswoman stressed the importance of protecting reproductive rights and autonomy. Access to contraception is fundamental to individuals' ability to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, including the timing and spacing of pregnancies. 

Spanberger is a leading advocate of the "The Right to Contraception Act", a bill that would codify the right for Americans to access all forms of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved birth control into federal law.


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