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Resolution No. 5 - Basic Preventive Care Must Incude Contraception

BASIC PREVENTIVE CARE MUST INCLUDE CONTRACEPTION
Submitted by: Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1

WHEREAS, the Illinois Federation of Teachers resolved in 1998 to commit our Union to upholding the rights of women and men in the area of reproductive choice and quality healthcare; and

WHEREAS, the American Federation of Labor resolved on December 6, 2001, to work with the government to ensure that contraceptive coverage was included in healthcare plans just as other drugs, devices, and preventive care were covered; and

WHEREAS, covering contraception does not raise healthcare costs and may help reduce employee absenteeism and medical costs related to unintended pregnancies; and

WHEREAS, providing contraception as a covered health benefit ensures fewer unintended pregnancies, healthier women, and stronger families; and

WHEREAS, President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act recognizes that birth control is basic healthcare for women and states that insurers must cover all prescribed FDA approved contraceptives; and

WHEREAS, nearly all women of reproductive age use contraception, including 98 percent of Catholic women, despite opposition by religious leaders; and

WHEREAS, extremists demanding no birth control coverage in the name of religious freedom held a congressional hearing in February 2012 in which they allowed no women or dissenting witnesses to speak and insisted that employers be allowed to deny healthcare coverage to their employees based on their personal beliefs; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) affirms its position that reproductive healthcare, including contraception, is basic healthcare for women and must be covered as a preventive health service; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the IFT opposes efforts to restrict healthcare coverage on the grounds of religious freedom; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the IFT affirms the right of all employees to make their own personal healthcare decisions regarding reproduction and other health issues; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the IFT recognizes the denial of contraceptive coverage as discrimination against women and an attack on workers’ right to basic health coverage; and be it further

RESOLVED, that IFT members, officers, and locals will utilize collective bargaining and other appropriate methods to gain coverage for contraception without co-pay in all workplaces as part of the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, and will actively oppose legislation that restricts contraceptive coverage; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the IFT reaffirms its commitment to advocate for contraceptive coverage as basic preventive healthcare for women at union meetings, women’s committees, civil and human rights committees, local and community meetings, media events, and other places; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that the IFT will urge the AFT and AFL-CIO to be visible and vocal in support of working women’s rights to preventive healthcare including contraception coverage without co-pay as part of the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act and will urge the AFT and AFL-CIO to use their resources to oppose legislation that restricts contraceptive coverage.

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