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Hooray, woot, yessssssss, #winning, and other celebratory expressions of joy. Here’s some good news, which we all need right about now, don’t we?

According to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute (you can read the full study here, if you’re that kind of full-study-reading nerd), President Obama’s war on God and the First Amendment, also known as the no co-pay contraception provision of the Affordable Care Act, is working. Like, really working.

The proportion of privately insured U.S. women who paid zero dollars out of pocket for oral contraceptive pills increased sharply, from 15% to 67%, between the fall of 2012 (before the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement took effect for most women) and the spring of 2014.

Because we are A Lady, and therefore cannot do math good, we don’t know for sure, but that sounds like a lot! And it’s not just that more women are saving money on birth control pills; more women are saving on vaginal rings, injectable contraceptives, and IUDs too.

Guttmacher chart

Let’s let Senior Public Policy Associate Adam Sonfield, the study’s lead author, helpfully (for real!) mansplain it to us:

This analysis shows that the contraceptive coverage guarantee under the ACA is working as intended. Large numbers of women are now able to obtain highly effective birth control methods without co-pays or deductibles, making it easier for them to choose the method they can use most consistently and effectively to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Also, he did not add but we are thinking, that means more money for shooooooz!

It also means that the latest Republican scam, promoted by Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner and others, is exactly that: a scam. See, there’s this hot new trend among the exact same people who’ve been saying this provision violates the First Amendment because it forces god-fearing tax-paying Americans to pay for women to have sex — all by themselves, because men are never involved in that. And if women want to have sex, all by themselves, instead of closing their legs like they should, they should just go down to the corner liquor store and buy some birth control with their own out-of-pocket money. These same exact people are now claiming that it’s Obama and the Democrats and the anti-woman organizations like Planned Parenthood who really want to take away your contraception — with Obamacare! Their solution is to make certain types of birth control pills (but not all those other types of contraception that more and more women are choosing to use thanks to Obamacare) available over the counter, without a prescription, so squeamish employers don’t even have to worry their pretty little heads thinking about how their employees might be using their insurance coverage for birth control. This way, women can just pay for contraception out of pocket, so everybody wins — except, of course, women who use contraception.

Despite the outrage, and even the lawsuits to stop the president from personally shoving birth control down every American woman’s throat, it seems like women are pretty happy to have easier and more affordable access to a full range of contraception options that 99 percent of American women use, or have used, at some point in their lives.

That’s bad news for Republicans who are trying to get rid of the very thing that’s making women’s lives so much better. But it’s excellent news for women. Thanks, Obama. But for real. Thanks.

[Guttmacher Institute]

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