12-Month Contraceptive Care Act introduced at the State Capitol
By Caissa Casarez, WKOW TV (Channel 17)
MADISON (WKOW) – Some state Democratic lawmakers are proposing a bill that they say would improve women's health by letting them get a year's worth of birth control at once.
Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee) joined health advocates and others in the community to introduce the “12-Month Contraceptive Care Act” at the State Capitol on Wednesday.
Right now, women in Wisconsin can only get birth control for one or three months at a time.
Lawmakers say this bill would change that and give women peace of mind while preventing unintended pregnancies and other health issues.
“Many mothers in my district work multiple jobs,” said Sen. Harris Dodd. “Between coordinating school schedules and multiple work schedules, even the smallest trip to the pharmacy can be an added stress.”
“This (current situation) creates barriers to access and our goal is to ensure that every woman who wants consistent access to birth control can do so,” said Rep. Shankland.
Sen. Harris Dodd and Rep. Shankland co-wrote the bill. They are currently looking for co-sponsors.