What the Latest Changes to the ACA Mean for Birth Control Access

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Women's reproductive rights always seem to be at the forefront in the back and forth debate over healthcare. Earlier this month, the Trump administration eliminated a mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that required employers to cover contraceptives through their health insurance plans. Also earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed legislation that made abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy illegal. So far, there have been two failed attempts in replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with more attempts presumably underway.

For women across the country, the replacement of ACA means their affordable access to healthcare is in jeopardy—birth control, cancer and STD screenings, and sex education make up the vast majority of the organization's services. And even if you don't get your birth control through Planned Parenthood, note that any form of bill that replaces ACA passes, it may no longer be free.

Women in particular must worry whether the daily reproductive choices we make for ourselves are at risk. And it's not melodramatic: The administration has promised a number of things that could completely alter our access to birth control, affordable reproductive care and screenings, and the very ability to take sole ownership over our bodies.

How it will all play out is anyone's guess, but let's be clear that the odds don't look any better than they did immediately after the election. Get mad, but get proactive too. Here's what you need to know.