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  • Symposium Commentary: The ACA's Other Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage, Conscientious Objection, and Reproductive Rights

    The topic for the initial panel is the Affordable Care Act,1 primarily, and women’s primary preventive health care regulation. This regulation covers a variety of women’s preventive health care services, including domestic violence screenings, breast cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infection counseling, and a variety of other services. The aspect of this regulation that has received the most attention is, of course, the contraception requirement. There has unfortunately been a lot of misinformation about this requirement. One of the most prevalent myths has been that this is a taxpayer funded regulation or that it would require any government money to subsidize coverage of contraception or to provide contraception.