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Improving Survivor Access to Birth Control

Three things that advocates & programs can do

Reproductive and sexual coercion is an age old problem with a new name – someone messing with your birth control or not respecting your choices around family planning or pregnancy.

  1. Don’t ask, just tell – You don’t have to ask or wait for someone to tell you, just offer resources and information about birth control.
  2. Offer emergency contraception – Check out the innovative work of these DV/SA programs who have EC on site and learn about the laws that allow you to do this. Feeling unsure about how emergency contraception works? Check out the science behind it. You can also read about the effectiveness, side effects, and general guidelines for taking EC on this handout.
  3. Tell everybody, especially teens – Teens don’t need parental consent for birth control or abortion services.

Access to reproductive health services allows everyone to write their own future. Learn about the Washington Health Plan Finder and how survivors can enroll at anytime.