January 26, 2016 — A Vermont House lawmaker on Friday introduced a bill (HR 620) that would facilitate access to birth control in the state, WPTZ reports.
According to WPTZ, the state House Committee on Health Care must approve the bill before it can proceed to the full chamber.
State Rep. Ann Pugh (D) proposed the measure on Jan. 22, the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Under the proposed law, women would be able to access a 13-month supply of oral contraception all at once. In addition, the measure would help encourage physicians to administer long-acting reversible contraceptives by establishing a new provider payment program.
Pugh said the bill aims to curb the state's 50% unintended pregnancy rate. According to Pugh, the costs of roughly 75% of unintended pregnancies in the state are publicly funded (Thurston, WPTZ, 1/22).