Let’s talk about Birth Control, baby.
The latest headlines about birth control in the news are really upsetting me and lots of other women. Wanna know why?
Some say Corporations and insurance companies shouldn’t be made uncomfortable by paying for birth control pills that promote women having (le gasp) sex.
Insurance is to provide health care. When did health care stop including the part of my body from my bellybutton to my labia? MANY women use birth control for health reasons other than prevention of pregnancy. It’s a mad useful little pill. You would have heard more about this had congress allowed this “inappropriate” female witness to speak at their birth control hearing.
Some argue that birth control is cheap, perhaps the cost equivalent to putting aspirin between your legs, and that women should have to cover this cost themselves.
Actually, it’s not so cheap.
The pill is about $850/ year without insurance. Maybe more affluent Americans could afford that with little issue, but very affluent people could also probably afford to take care of a baby pretty well. Women deserve access to safe, affordable contraceptives. Even if they can’t afford the paltry sum of about $900 a year.
This should be a non issue. Our political system has completely exploded by picking at social issues because our financial issues are so complicated and frankly boring that they don’t make good 30 second sound bites. I’m tired of trying to explain why women’s health care is a right that we should honor. This is ridiculous. This is sexism. This is a glass ceiling reinforcing, blatantly sexist new form of McCarthyism.
Plus, this whole conversation I have had with myself completely ignores the latest business with trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortions and this personhood “life begins at conception” news that has been hitting the media lately. Not to mention the logistical consequences of these bills.
And, we haven’t even addressed the fact that our planet is bursting with people and 163,000,000 orphans who need to be adopted, and we just don’t need to bring any babies that we can’t take care of into the world by taking away women’s access to birth control.
Politics, women are tired of being your tried and true punching bag. We are tired of being treated like children who can’t make smart, informed decisions for ourselves. We are tired of being treated like your Viagra should be covered by health insurance but our birth control shouldn’t. We are tired of being treated like we don’t deserve to have a voice in this decision making process.
Women, we can’t take this kind of injustice lying down (yuk yuk yuk). We deserve to be treated like our health care matters to our government officials. We deserve to not be publicly slut shamed at every turn because we make smart, informed decisions about our health care. We deserve better. And since they won’t let us speak at their boy’s club congressional hearings, the only thing left to do is take it to the streets. We have to take this seriously. Our rights and bodies are not bartering chips for men’s political ambitions. We deserve better. Speak with your loud, unrestrained voices and speak with your votes.
Men, we need your help. We can’t do this alone. It is blatantly apparent that those at the forefront of this debate don’t care in the slightest about our voices. Maybe you can muscle through. Birth control is not just a women’s issue. You play half the role too, even if your name isn’t on the prescription. You are a birth control beneficiary, even if you’re not having sex. We need your solidarity. Regardless of your personal beliefs, regardless of your personal lifestyle choices, women deserve to be covered. Your girlfriends, wives, mothers, sisters, co-workers, and friends deserve to be covered.
Also, let’s be honest. A lot of adults (and teens) are having sex, and lots of it. They need birth control. You need birth control. I need birth control. We all need birth control. America needs birth control. Without it, the same things are going to keep happening with a lot worse consequences.
In the words of Planned Parenthood, birth control is basic health care. Let’s start treating it as such.
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