Are you shitting me? You’d think if you’re so smart and great, you wouldn’t spread such stupid bullshit. Her testimony wasn’t about her own personal hardships affording the birth control, but about other’s not being able to, and how her friend had PCOS and required hormonal treatment. Even if she had talked about herself, that testimony was two years ago.
I know you enjoy defending Rush Limbaugh and other raging homophobes, racists, and sexists, but could you cut down on the rest of this blatant fuckery?
Here’s her testimony, since you obviously didn’t read it/hear it. Congratulations on being right up there with Rush Limbaugh on missing the point.
What’s the phrase you like to use? Stay classy?
If employees’ health plans have to adhere to company owners’ religious beliefs, what happens if your boss doesn’t believe in vaccinations? Or as Guardian columnist Jill Filipovic tweeted, “What if your blood transfusions violate your employer’s religious beliefs? No surgery coverage?” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a statement, “Allowing this intrusion into personal decisions by their bosses opens a door that won’t easily be shut.”
Judy Waxman, vice president of health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, says these scenarios are real possibilities. “What if an employer believes women should be subservient and doesn’t believe in providing the same wage and hours for them as male employees?” She relayed one case where a private school denied health insurance to married women, because school management believed husbands are the “head of the household” and should provide for their wives.
But really, how hard is it to use contraception?
Does my weight affect what emergency contraception I can use?
A lot of you asked us:
Is it true that Plan B isn’t effective for women who weigh 176 pounds, and it becomes less effective at 165? What other emergency contraception options are there?
We’re working to make sure that everyone has all of the information they need in order to decide what’s best for them when it comes to emergency contraception. Let’s break down the facts:
What’s emergency contraception (EC)?
Emergency contraception (also called the morning-after pill) is birth control that you can use up to 5 days after unprotected sex (like if you don’t use a condom or forget to take your pills, for example).
There are a few different kinds of emergency contraception:
- The ParaGard IUD can be inserted as emergency contraception.
- There are two different types of EC pills:
- Ulipristal acetate, known by the brand name ella
- You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella
- Levonorgestrel pills, including the brands Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and Plan B One-Step
- Plan B One-Step is available at drugstores over the counter, without a prescription for anyone, regardless of gender or age.
- The sooner levonorgestrel pills are taken after unprotected sex, the better they work.
Why is Plan B One-Step in the news?
It was recently announced that in Europe, a method of emergency contraception which is identical to Plan B One-Step pills is now going to include information on the label stating that these pills are less effective in women over 165 pounds and may not be effective in women over 175 pounds. This label change was based on analysis of a 2011 study.
I weigh more than 175 pounds. What are my options for EC?
The most effective option for women of any weight is getting a ParaGard IUD inserted by a nurse or doctor. If you’d rather take a pill, you can take ella. Weight can also be a factor for ella effectiveness: If you have a body mass index (BMI) that’s higher than 35, it’s less effective (but still worth a shot if you can’t get an IUD). Click here to learn more about ella.
If the IUD or ella aren’t options for you and you weigh more than 175 pounds, it’s perfectly safe to take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice One Dose—but it may not work for you.
How do I get ella?
You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get ella. You can also consult with a doctor through the ella website and get it delivered to you the next day. (You need to have a credit card and be 18 to order it online.)
When it comes to weight and effectiveness of emergency contraception, more study is needed but, until then, if you weigh more than 165 and need EC, ella and the ParaGard IUD are your best bet. If you need EC and have questions about which EC method is best for you, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center.
-Chelsea at Planned Parenthood
I’ve been thinking a lot about how strange it feels when a man wants to have unprotected sex, asking me at the very last second, “You’re not on birth control?!”
It really offends me when men act surprised that I’m not doing the whole pill/shot/IUD thing,
Oh i’m sorry, apparently I have to pump my body full of hormones so you can pump your load all over my insides. I have to mess up my natural chemical balance so that you can possibly give me whatever fucking germ the last person you slept with had? Or the one before that. I don’t want to know.
I think it’s really unfair that men grow up never having to worry about carrying a life inside of them. Never feeling that terror if their period starts a week late. Never having to decide which is better, implanting a piece of metal inside your reproductive organs, getting jabbed with or taking a daily pill of synthesized hormones that could potentially increase your chance of a myriad of uncomfortable and life threatening side effects.And when a man simply implies he’s expecting you to be on birth control, that’s just the icing on the cake.
Company’s are suing Obamacare because it includes birth control because it “compromises their religion” and “prevents fertilized eggs from implantation”
- A corporation doesn’t have a religion
- Your employees may not share your religion
- The majority of birth control doesn’t prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg you fucking dingbats. THE MAJORITY PREVENT FERTILIZATION IN THE FIRST PLACE
- Not everyone uses birth control methods for actual birth control. Some of us (including myself) need that stuff for their health and its prescribed to us by a doctor for reasons other than preventing children
Some of these people need to really take a quality college course sex ed class. Learn your shit and consider other people before you do stupid shit. /rant
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