Republican senator Roy Blunt has introduced an amendment that would allow any employer to deny birth control coverage for any reason. It is 2012, and birth control pills are a normal part of modern life. Yet, if this bill passes, women’s freedom to access health-care will be severely limited! Your boss shouldn’t decide what kind of health care you use.
Imagine if a male birth control pill existed – how do you think people would respond to such an issue in relation to religious freedom and employer choices over employee healthcare options? This whole debate is utterly ridiculous and insulting.
We need to come together and use our collective power to fight these crazy bills. You can help stop Sen. Blunt’s amendment by adding your name to 150,000 other signatures on Kirsten Gillibrand’s petition that demands women are guaranteed access to the health care they need and deserve.
The last few days the news has been flooded with stories about women’s reproductive issues including abortion and contraception.
The Republicans would like to see American women knocked up. When women are constantly pregnant, especially poor women, they will also be less likely to graduate high school and attain a college or graduate degree. When women are constantly pregnant, they won’t be able to pursue competitive careers, or even work full-time. Do you fully understand the clear dangers in denying women contraception?
Having control over your own reproduction also gives you control over your own life. Control over reproduction allows you to be competitive in today’s world. It is no coincidence that the female-to-male pay ratio has continued to steadily increase since the FDA approval of the birth control pill in 1960. 1960 really was not that long ago…just 52 years.
Time Magazine cover from 1967
If Conservatives are not attempting to oppress women here, the only other option is that they want to punish women for enjoying love. Should poor women remain abstinent even when married? What about rape? Victims would be denied their most basic right to protect themselves from an unwanted pregnancy.
And the politicians talk about religious freedom. I say, what about the economic and reproductive freedoms of women!
Yes ladies, It is finally time to say goodbye to your birth control co-pays! Starting today in 2012, health insurance companies can no longer charge women for preventative health benefits, which includes birth control and the morning-after pill. When the attack on women has been so severe, it is refreshing to see some positive legislation that actually helps women. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement:
“These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”
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