Vetoed Economic Stimulus Package Included Contraceptive Pricing Provision

The Senate recently rejected Friday’s economic stimulus package that included a provision that would have addressed birth control pricing. The Bush administration reportedly objected to the bill because, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, the language “would reverse a provision in the 2006 Deficit Reduction Act,” enacted in January 2007, that eliminated special discounts on birth control for university health centers and family planning clinics. This act made the cost of birth control rise significantly for low-income women.

The White House promised a veto saying the bill “would not work and would cost too much” according to The San Francisco Chronicle.


National Partnership for Women & Families 9/29/08; San Francisco Chronicle 9/26/08; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/24/07

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