Reproductive and Sexual Health

birth control pillsAPHA believes access to the full range of reproductive health services is a fundamental right and integral to the health and well-being of individual women and to the broader public health.

"Birth Control, as a core component of family planning, is one of the most important public health success stories of our generation," said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD. "We politicize it way too much and underemphasize its enormous benefits." (read the full article in ThinkProgress)

Read our recent news release, APHA applauds Supreme Court for protecting women's reproductive health.

From The Nation's Health: Long-acting reversible contraceptives making gains in popularity, availability and Pharmacists widening access to birth control medications and Supreme Court to rule on law that blocks abortion access: APHA weighs in with court briefs

Read our fact sheet on Zubik v. Burwell (PDF).



Read more policy statements in our Policy Statement Database

Learn more about APHA's Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section

American Journal of Public Health: Sexual orientation should be considered in teen pregnancy-prevention efforts

APHA Storify: Supreme Court Weighs in on Hobby Lobby contraceptive coverage case

Public Health Newswire:

APHA supports plaintiffs as oral arguments begin in Supreme Court abortion case

APHA to Supreme Court: Texas abortion restrictions harm public health

All women deserve reproductive health access 

APHA roundtable: How to improve preconception care and family planning for boys and men

Reproductive health challenges persist 50 years after Griswold v. Connecticut

APHA celebrates reproductive health, tobacco court victories

‘One Key Question’ to revolutionize reproductive, public health

Celebrate Roe v. Wade and demand more

A ‘condomology’ lesson


2015 Letters, Briefs and Testimony
2014 Letters
  • Organization letter in opposition to policy riders and funding cuts that would limit access to critical women’s health services in the FY 14 appropriations process
  • Organization letter to U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act 
  • Organization letter to U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act 
  • Organization letter in support of the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 
  • Friends of HRSA letter in support of strong funding in FY 2015 for the Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • Organization letter to Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS leaders in support of strong funding for Title X in FY 2015 
  • Organizational letter to House leaders in support of passing H.R. 1281, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act 
  • Organizational letter to Senate Armed Services Committee supporting inclusion of S. 1994, TRICARE Moms Improvement Act, in FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act 
  • Organizational letter to House Rules Committee supporting an amendment on the coverage of breastfeeding supplies and education in the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act 
  • Organization letter to House and Senate supporting H.R. 1975 and S. 942, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act 
  • Organization letter urging for funding extension of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
2014 Briefs and Testimony
2013 Letters
2013 Briefs, Comments and Testimony




  • APHA testimony submitted for the record to the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the FY 2014 budgets of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration