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JUNE 22, 1998
12:32 PM
CONTACT:  Zero Population Growth
Mark Daley, 202-745-3179
Tim Cline, 202-332-3155
Groups Expose 'Real Political Sex Scandal', Call for Contraceptive Coverage
WASHINGTON - June 22 - News Advisory:

Zero Population Growth Calls for Complete Contraceptive Coverage
NARAL-PA Releases Special Report: Insurance Coverage of Reproductive Health Care in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, June 24, 11 a.m. EDT

Women's Way Building 1233 Locust Street, 3rd Floor Philadelphia

-- Dr. Peter A. Schwartz, M.D., Vice-chair, Pennsylvania Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,
-- Peter Kostmayer, former Congressman from Pennsylvania and Executive Director Zero Population Growth

The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League of Pennsylvania (NARAL-PA), a pro-choice, pro-women's health advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members statewide will be joined by other members of the Campaign for Contraceptive Coverage.

It seems it's still a man's world for too many Pennsylvania health insurance companies. As soon as the FDA approved the so-called "male pill" Viagra, health insurance companies rushed to cover it. As for America's main defense against unwanted pregnancie -- FDA approved prescription contraceptives -- 85 percent of all of the health insurance companies in the U.S. in denying this physician-prescribed coverage to their women customers.

The Campaign for Contraceptive Coverage calls on Pennsylvania insurers to cover birth control. NARAL-PA will share its study documenting the failure of health insurance companies in Pennsylvania to cover the five most commonly prescribed methods of birth control. Women pay 68 percent more in out-of-pocket expenses for their health care than men, while reproductive health services account for the largest portion of these out-of-pocket expenditures.

Better access to birth control also would decrease the number of unintended pregnancies. More than 3.2 million unintended pregnancies occur each year in the United States.


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