(April 22) – Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bipartisan bill to give women access to 12 months of contraception at once passed the House easily on second reading this morning.

“All women should have access to birth control if and when they need it, and this bill aims to eliminate barriers to contraceptive access,” said Rep. Pettersen, D-Lakewood. “When women have access to reliable birth control, they are able to pursue their educational and professional goals, as well as plan with their partner when they want to start their families.”

HB16-1322, also sponsored by Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, will help women avoid gaps in the continuous use of birth control. 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 bill proceeds to a third reading.

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