In the United States, there are 19 million women who need publicly funded contraception but can't access it because they live in a "contraceptive desert," according to the nonprofit organization Power to Decide.
People in contraceptive deserts don't have reasonable access to a range of birth control options, such as the pill, patch, shot, intrauterine device (IUD) and implant. Having "reasonable access" to contraception is defined as at least one health provider or center with birth control options per 1,000 women.
Of the 19 million women in contraceptive deserts, approximately 1.2 million live in a county without a single clinic to access birth control, said Raegan McDonald-Mosley, M.D., M.P.H., an OB-GYN in Baltimore and the CEO of Power to Decide, based in Washington, D.C.
For such women, obtaining birth control could mean finding a babysitter, taking time off