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Press Release 06-14-12: PPDE Encourages Women to Create a Birth Control Plan

Planed Parenthod of Delaware Encourages Women to Create a Birth Control Plan

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Published: 06.14.12| Updated: 06.15.12

Wilmington, Delaware — A world without "the pill" is inconceivable to many young people today, but previous generations can remember a time when birth control was not just unavailable, it was illegal.

June 7th marked the 47th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut - the 1965 Supreme Court decision that legalized the use of contraception by married couples in all 50 states.  Current statistics tell us 99 percent of sexually active women have used birth control at some point in their lives.  Yet, 55 percent of women voters aged 18 - 34 report having struggled to afford prescription birth control at some point and, as a result, used birth control inconsistently.  Further, 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance data shows that fewer than one in four sexually active high school students in Delaware used some form of prescription birth control before last sexual intercourse.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named birth control as one of the top ten public health achievements of the past century.  "Women’s health and lives have seen unbelievable advances largely because of affordable, accessible birth control," said Amelia Auner, Vice President of Public Affairs.  Planned Parenthood encourages women to explore their birth control options with health care providers at our health centers.

Before the Supreme Court’s decision, women and their newborns often suffered extremely poor, even fatal, health outcomes as a result of an unintended pregnancy.  Prior to Griswold, 32 women died for every 100,000 live births in this country.  Today, the rate is less than half that.  Infant mortality has fallen even faster — from 25 deaths to fewer than seven per 1,000 live births — as more children are born to parents who plan their pregnancies.

"While the Griswold decision has allowed us to make great strides in public health over the past 47 years, unfortunately too many women struggle to find affordable birth control.  The average woman pays between $180 and $600 out-of-pocket each year for birth control, money that many women need to put food on the table for their families," added Ms. Auner.  "The more women that have access to affordable birth control and plan their families, the healthier our families will be."

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The mission of Planned Parenthood of Delaware is to ensure the right of all individuals to access the appropriate information and the services necessary to make and act on personal decisions related to their own reproduction, sexuality and health. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, gynecological services, abortion, cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, health education, and more. The agency serves all three counties, has operated in Delaware for 80 years, and serves 11,000 clients a year. For further information, check out www.ppdel.org.

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