Pill Club + Power to Decide = Access to EC
Last week we partnered with Pill Club, the online birth control delivery and prescription service, to give out free emergency contraception (EC). There was no catch. We didn’t require anyone to tell us why they wanted it. They didn’t even need to get a prescription or talk to a doctor. In less than 24 hours 5,000 people who needed it claimed their free EC, which will soon ship directly to their front doors!
An unqualified success, we’re proud to have partnered with Pill Club. However, the speed with which people claimed all 5,000 packages only highlights the need for better contraceptive access. More than 19.5 million women live in contraceptive deserts, counties without reasonable access to the full range of contraceptive methods. Also, shockingly, an estimated 11.2 million women age 19-64 lack access to any form of health insurance, and therefore cannot receive no- or low-cost contraception.
To help us in our efforts to ensure that women across the country get the care and access they deserve, Pill Club is also matching donations to our organization up to a total of $10,000 to support BCBenefits, our contraceptive access fund. BCBenefits supports women’s power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. The fund helps low income women overcome some of the most commonly-faced barriers in access to contraception, including transportation, child care, and unpaid time off work.
Since launching nationally in April 2019, BCBenefits has helped more than 750 people receive a year’s worth of birth control for free. You too can help remove the barriers a woman faces in accessing the birth control method right for her so that she can live life on her own terms by donating today.