I’m assuming “health reasons” refers to other medical conditions the pill can manage, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular, heavy, or exceptionally painful periods (the reason I first started taking it!), acne, and PMS.
Employers should not be in the business of deciding to what health care their employees have access. I hope the Supreme Court makes the right decision.
THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL IS OFTEN USED TO TREAT PHYSICAL ILLNESS.
IT CAN TREAT:
IT IS NOT JUST TO PREVENT PREGNANCY.
BUT ARGUABLY IT DOES PREVENT PREGNANCY WHICH PREVENTS THOSE ABORTIONS YOU’RE SO AGAINST.
SO HOW IS BIRTH CONTROL BEING COVERED A BAD THING?
Plus it’s actually insurance that is covering these things so your still pretty ignorant because you can’t even tell the difference between government funding and insurance funding something. Separate entities.
Remember Republicans’ soul-searching after they lost big in 2012 thanks to the largest election gender gap in modern history? Apparently that search turned up empty, since the resolution they approved this weekend forces millions of American adult women to ask permission of their employers before they get their birth control pills covered in their health insurance like all other medications.
One of the many, many demands the GOP is making right now is a “conscience clause” that will allow both employers and insurers to deny their employees the right to birth control on a “moral basis.” Yes, they want to make it so your boss can decide whether or not you’re allowed to get birth control with your insurance. I mean, who wouldn’t want to confront their boss and have to justify why they need a basic medication? Isn’t the idea of discussing religious ideology with the person who controls whether you get a paycheck exciting?
This is why I would rather let the government shut down.
They never learn, do they?
Why is it that neither Life News nor Life Site News have bothered to write an article about Switzerland’s low abortion rate? They’ll talk about insurance covering it, but not about the fact that the rate of abortion is approximately 7/1000 women when the average rate is 28/1000 women…Shouldn’t that excite them?
They dislike the fact that Switzerland also has extensive sex education and free birth control for everyone who wants it. They therefore won’t mention Switzerland has one of the lowest abortion rates in the world.
That’s abuse, bro
WHAT THE FUCK.
This is reproductive coercion, a ploy for abusers to exert control and dominance over their victims, and it is NOT OKAY.
If you’re worried your partner may be engaging in reproductive coercion - whether it’s poking holes in condoms, flushing/hiding birth control pills, refusing to pull out, or pressuring you to get pregnant - there are ways to protect yourself and your body. Alternate forms of birth control (the IUD, Depo Provera, and Nexplanon) won’t protect against STDs, but they are provided out of your partner’s reach, are long-lasting, and are more effective at preventing pregnancy than condoms alone. Your doctor or women’s clinic may be able to provide them at a lower cost, depending on your income. Check out Bedsider for information on free birth control in your area.
If you can’t get a different method of contraception, Tumblr users have lots of ideas for hiding what you have.
Reproductive coercion is a form of abuse, and often takes place alongside other forms of abuse - verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) and the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network/RAINN (1-800-656-HOPE) have information and support for survivors, loved ones, and anyone who wants more information on domestic violence.
I honestly think it’s messed up to try to make abortion illegal if you don’t support:
- easy access to the most effective kinds of birth control (don’t pull that “abstinence is free” bullshit, it’s unrealistic to expect everyone who doesn’t want a child to abstain from sex)
- comprehensive sex education
- universal healthcare
- paid maternity/paternity leave (even Pakistan fucking has it!)
- subsidized daycare
- laws protecting birth mothers in open adoptions (as of now, adoptive parents can close the adoption whenever)
- WIC, food stamps, welfare, etc.
- A livable minimum wage
- Basically all the things that make abortion unnecessary or child-rearing significantly less of a burden
If you don’t hear much these days about the stereotypical gold digger who lies about being on the pill to ensnare a man into marriage or eighteen years of child support payments, that may be because doctors are now being told to look for just the opposite: The woman whose partner sabotages her birth control. She’s not so hard to find.
via The Cut
In the Netherlands, abortion is freely available on demand. Yet the Netherlands boasts the lowest abortion rate in the world, about 6 abortions per 1000 women per year, and the complication and death rates for abortion are miniscule. How do they do it? First of all, contraception is widely available and free — it’s covered by the national health insurance plan. Holland also carries out extensive public education on contraception, family planning, and sexuality. An ethic of personal responsibility for one’s sexual activity is strongly promoted. Of course, some people say that teaching kids about sex and contraception will only encourage them to have lots of sex. But Dutch teenagers tend to have less frequent sex, starting at an older age, than American teenagers, and the Dutch teenage pregnancy rate is 9 times lower than in the U.S.
Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?
The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.
We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral.
It’s Time to Stop Pretending Abortion and Birth Control Aren’t Economic Issues
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The War on Women, as the GOP line goes, is a myth drummed by the liberal media to distract from important economic issues. Issues like jobs, the economy, and building a giant fucking oil pipe across the middle of the country. A real President would focus on things that matter to realAmericans rather than spending the entire campaign playing in the Barbie aisle with the ladies and their special interest concerns. But since when did reproductive choices decouple from economic consequences?
As long as pregnancy and childbirth cost money, and time that could be used to make more money if it wasn’t being spent on kid-wrangling, a woman’s ability to control the size of her family is the most important economic issue of all. So why is anyone getting away with pretending it’s not?
This. This. In every way, THIS