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Birth Control and Your Rights in Texas

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This article explains how to access birth control in Texas.

Here, learn how to access birth control in Texas, including information about insurance, Title X clinics, Healthy Texas Women, and the Family Planning Program. 

This content was compiled from Jane's Due Process, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Every Body Texas, and It has been lightly edited for style. 

Revised on December 23, 2022. 

Where can I learn about birth control options?

You can learn about birth control options on the Birth Control page on the Every Body Texas website or the Contraception page on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website

How can I access birth control in Texas?

Birth control is available through most health insurance plans and government-funded clinics.   

What if I am low-income or uninsured?

Title X clinics are federally-funded clinics that make reproductive healthcare services available to low-income and uninsured individuals.  

People without health insurance or who can’t afford to pay for services can receive care on a sliding fee scale based on income.  

Title X clinics are open to everyone.  

To find a Title X clinic, visit the Title X Family Planning Clinic Locator

I’m younger than 18. Can I get birth control without parental consent?

Currently, people under the age of 18 can access birth control without parental consent at Title X clinicsThis may change. For the most current information, call or text Jane’s Due Process at 866-999-5263. The text hotline is open from 8 am to 11 pm CST. Your text is completely anonymous, and there will be a live person on the other end responding to your questions and concerns. 

To find a Title X clinic, visit the Title X Family Planning Clinic Locator.  

For more information, read  How to Schedule an Appointment for Birth Control at a Title X Clinic on the Jane’s Due Process website.  

Do I have to be a US citizen to get birth control at a Title X clinic?

Individuals do not need a government issued ID or to be a US citizen to access Title X services. 

How much will I have to pay for birth control at a Title X clinic?

Services are provided on a sliding scale, based on income, and may be free if your income is below federal poverty guidelines.  

Where can I find a Title X clinic?

To find a Title X clinic, visit the Title X Family Planning Clinic Locator

Are there other options for people who are low-income?

Texas also funds certain birth control methods and other preventive services for low-income women through Healthy Texas Women and the Family Planning Program

The Healthy Texas Women program provides free access to birth control pills and other forms of contraception. The program is open to women ages of 15 to 44 years old who are not pregnant, are U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants and meet low-income standards

The Family Planning Program offers similar free or low-cost services. It is open to men and women who are 64 or younger and who earn an income of up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines for their household’s size.  

Does health insurance cover birth control?

Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace® must cover contraceptive methods and counseling for all women, as prescribed by a health care provider. Plans must cover these services without charging a copayment or coinsurance when provided by an in-network provider — even if you haven’t met your deductible. 

Where can I get emergency contraception?

Anyone can get emergency contraception (also known as Plan B or the Morning-After pill), no matter how old you are. Plan B is available over-the-counter at most drugstores. It can cost anywhere from $25-$50.  

For lower-cost emergency contraception, you can visit a Planned Parenthood or Title X clinic. You can read more about where to get emergency contraception on the How to Get Free EC in Texas page on the Jane’s Due Process website or the Find low or no cost EC in Texas page on the Every Body Texas website

More information

To learn more, visit the Every Body Texas website

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