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why birth control is a human right

I know, everybody talked about Hobby Lobby yesterday. Here are my three talking points for the time capsule.

1) It's freaky that a company can decide that any random thing is an "abortifacient" that should be written out of a woman's healthcare coverage. This is what sexism is. I don't know everything about men, but I do know one thing: a man can get any treatment his doctor recommends, and it will not be labeled an abortifacient.

2) I have an IUD. I love it. Just want to be public about that. I do not consider myself someone who's having tiny abortions every month.

3) There was a time in my life when I first got my period that I medically needed birth control. It happens to millions of women. I could either be on the pill, or I could be crawling on my knees for two days a month unable to stop vomiting.

4) But regardless, I think every woman deserves access to contraception regardless of medical need. Let's stop talking about the fact that pregnancy can kill you or periods hurt, because a lot of people haven't experienced that or they just don't care. Let's talk instead about the fact that we just deserve access.

Let's all admit, as a society, that sex is something that many perfectly normal people have, just as a part of life. Stop acting like sex is just for childbearing women performing their "marital duties" and trying to get pregnant. Stop acting like only sluts need to have sex. Just get over those two categories, and call it something that humans do.

Then birth control becomes healthcare. See? That wouldn't hurt anybody. In fact I think it would be good for all of us, because we wouldn't be wrapped up in sex, clutching our pearls at the mention of it, afraid to bring up the topic of contraception.

We could all just be okay.



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Jul. 2nd, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)

I love sex!
I love my IUD!
I love not getting migraines!
Yay! Sex!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
As a doctor, GP obstetrician and sexual health doctor I am flabbergasted (and a christian). Granted I am Australian so yknow not affecting me. But I have VIEWS. You all are welcome to shut me up.

fFirst disclaimer, I don't perform terminations. I DO refer, but I don't do the procedures for, yes, religious reasons. My personal line in the sand. Happy to be called hypocritical but had to be able to survive somehow.

I have no idea how it is possible that a court can decide that itis perfectly ok for a religious group to decide that there belief trumps science. IUDs and morning after pills? Don't cause abortions. They prevent fertilisation. You know, like most forms of contraception. So where's the line in the sand? Are we going to have a Jeovahs Witness company suddenly decide to write out blood transfusions?

Pregnancy can kill. I have seen it kill. Women are not incubators. They take away our choice to terminate inch by inch and now choice to prevent? Where does it end?

Some women need contraception for other reasons. Religion is not to be in the consultation room. It's between a woman and her doctor, I am so horrified by thi and glad I'm not a doctorin America.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
You refer, so you don't make patients risk death, which not a few doctors in the US do, so I for one would never call you a hypocrite.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
I appreciate that.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
Well and sensibly said.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
That decision maybe so incredibly angry! And I bet whatever maternity leave they provide for their employees who do get pregnant is basically nill. Good Christians my ass.
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