(April 15) – Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bill to give women access to 12 months of contraception at once passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on a 9-4 vote this afternoon.

“A year-long supply of contraception makes women’s lives easier,” said Rep. Pettersen. “When women have access to reliable birth control, they can plan their pregnancies, take care of their health, and continue to pursue their goals.”

Amanda Carlson testified in support of the bill and said that access to a 12-month supply of contraception would give her “one less thing to worry about” each month as she struggles to balance school, work and her internship.

HB16-1322, also sponsored by Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, will help women avoid gaps in use. A study from the University of California at San Francisco found that among women who received a full year’s worth of pills at one time, the odds of pregnancy decreased by 30 percent and odds of abortion decreased by 46 percent, compared to women who received either one or three packs of pills at a time.

The vote sends the bill to the House floor for second reading.

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