Reuters
July 20, 2011

A U.S. medical advisory group recommended providing women free birth control and other preventive health services under the nation’s healthcare overhaul.

The Institute of Medicine report, commissioned by the Obama administration, recommended that all U.S.-approved birth control methods — including the “morning after pill,” taken shortly after intercourse to forestall pregnancy — be added to the federal government’s list of preventive health services.

“The evidence supporting contraception is quite straightforward. It works,” said Dr. Alfred Berg, a member of IOM’s Committee on Preventive Services for Women.

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