I <3 My Birth Control
Get Your Politics Away From My Health!
Why is birth control – which prevents unintended pregnancies, supports women’s health (in some cases helping to even prevent cancer or harmful ovarian cysts), allows for the best health of women and their babies by enabling spacing and planning of births, and reduces health care costs – still so “controversial”?! The majority of women and men who rely on contraception for the health of their families need to speak out.
Make sure your own voice is heard, by declaring “My Health Matters,” and talking about why you <3 birth control!
Check out the campaign!
NOW-NYC is collecting women’s stories about birth control to put a face to the impact of birth control on women’s lives. These are stories everyone needs to hear- especially the legislators who are make decisions that affect women’s access to contraception!
Tell Your Story
How to Upload a Video and Tell Your Story:
Why does birth control matter? Why does your freedom of choice matter? If you can, include the phrase “My Health Matters” at the end of your video. Check out the MyHealthMatters campaign submissions.
How to Submit Your Video:
1) Create a YouTube account if you don’t already have one – it’s easy. You need one to upload your video.
Click here if you need an account.
(Note: If you do not want to create a YouTube account, please send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post to our channel)
2) When uploading your story, use the title “I <3 BC”, so that your video is attached to our campaign when people search the slogan, and include an identifier – ex: “I <3 BC – Jen from Brooklyn”or “I <3 BC Because … My Future” – and be sure to tag your video with phrases like “I <3 BC” and “birth control” – Then Tweet your video #Iheartbc and share on Facebook. *Please keep your video to about 1 to 3 minutes in length.
What You Can Say
Tell your whole story or just make a short powerful statement. Here are some examples from real women:
“I love birth control because it allows my partner and I to shape our lives while becoming the people we want to be.”
“I heart birth control because having two kids instead of ten helps me enjoy them more.”
“I heart birth control because a world full of abstinence would be a world full of grumpy, grumpy people.”
The Anti-Birth Control Movement is Real and Growing
With the Affordable Care Act, Congress ensured that all women in the United States would have access to birth control through their health insurance without a co-pay. While NOW-NYC cheers this expansion of access, the anti-birth control movement has exploded and is attempting to keep birth control out of the hands of many women.
- Religious organizations (like churches and other houses of worship) that don’t support birth control are already exempt from offering any birth control coverage. Women who work for these organizations have to pay for birth control out of pocket.
- Some religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and social service agencies, which collectively employ hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S., also don’t want to cover birth control.
- President Obama is attempting to strike a compromise, proposing that women working for these organizations should be able to access coverage through a third party, while their workplaces would not have to pay for coverage directly.
- Cardinal Tim Dolan says this compromise isn’t good enough – that Catholic hospitals and ministries need the same exemptions as the Church itself (translation: no coverage for birth control at all).
- The anti-birth control movement has made it as far as the United States Senate!
- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, which expanded conscience protections so that “an individual or entity on the basis of a religiously based decision” could deny a woman contraceptive or sterilization insurance coverage. Thankfully, the bill did not make it out of committee.
- Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) proposed the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011, which would have allowed any employer to deny any health care service they found objectionable from being covered. Thanks to your calls and your action, the Blunt amendment was defeated, but the anti-birth control movement continues, and there is still more to do!
- “When we let our bosses pick and choose what medical care we have access to, we are protecting the private beliefs of a few to deny the essential needs of many.” Read the rest of NOW-NYC’s letter to the editor in The New York Times.
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