Yes: Contraceptive Care IS Preventive Care

Birth control counseling is between me and my patient. I would thank the government and the boss to stay out of my exam room. Women have fought long and hard for access to contraception. This is 2014 and there’s still a threat to contraception. Take a stand ladies. I’m wondering if the Hobby Lobby has any women executives who were able to climb the corporate ladder without the ability to plan pregnancy. Pregnancy is still the most dangerous health risk that young women face and birth control is preventative medicine.

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Dr. Jeanne Conry speaks at the #NotMyBossBusiness rally on the Supreme Court steps on March 25, 2014. Dr. Jeanne Conry speaks at the #NotMyBossBusiness rally on the Supreme Court steps on March 25.

I had the unique opportunity to stand on the Supreme Court steps this morning and share my experience as an ob-gyn, and the experiences of my patients back home in California, as the Court hears arguments in the Hobby Lobby case. My patients are among the millions of women who need and deserve contraceptive coverage.

I have treated thousands of women in my career and have seen firsthand how birth control and contraceptive counseling have helped them. For some, it helped to avoid an unintended pregnancy. For others, it helped to delay pregnancy until the time was right. For others, it has helped other medical conditions. But they all had one thing in common: Their family planning decisions were personal and their boss was not in the exam room. That is the way it…

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