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ASRM Board Member Writes on Contraception as Health Care, Not a Religious Issue

July 18 , 2014
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release

In an editorial in this month’s issue of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. Marcelle Cedars discusses the politics of hormonal contraception. Dr. Cedars advances the argument that family planning, contraceptive use and access are not religious issues; they are health issues. 
 
After the Supreme Court‘s ruling in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act permits a closely-held corporation to deny essential health benefits to its employees on the basis of its owners’ religious beliefs, debate has only intensified over how compelling the government’s interest is in assuring American women have full access to appropriate contraception and what are the least restrictive ways to further this interest.
 
In “Contraception- when did something so right go so wrong?” Dr. Cedars describes how the ability to control when and whether to become pregnant impacts individual women’s health and lives and the way society as a whole benefits when people are able to plan their families.  She calls out for us to recognize, in addition, the important, non-contraceptive, benefits these hormonal medications and devices provide to women’s health, treating diseases such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.
 
Dr. Cedars supports inclusion of FDA–approved contraceptives in health plans in accordance with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements and the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations that contraceptives are an essential part of women’s preventive healthcare.
 
Cedars, MI, Contraception- when did something so right go so wrong?  Fertility and Sterility, Volume 102, Number 1, July 2014.
 
ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.www.asrm.org  

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