I Love My Birth Control!
Oppose anti-woman bills in Congress and show that a loud majority supports birth control coverage!
1. Send yourself and all women a Valentine, by joining in support of birth control on Facebook. Change your photo to the iheartbc logo, and get your friends on board too.
2. Join the conversation on why birth control coverage is so important! Tweet about it: #iheartbc
3. Call or email your Senator! Right now bills that will threaten all women’s access to birth control are being introduced in the Senate. Tell your Senator that you support birth control coverage for all women, no matter where they work.
4. Do more!
Join with us at NOW-NYC and with every woman to say the discrimination ends now! We need to raise our voices now, when elected lawmakers treat us as if our lives don’t matter.
The Anti-Birth Control Movment is Growing
Obama stood strong
for women by requiring all insurers to offer contraceptive coverage to women, no matter where they work. But don’t put your feet up: more attacks are coming. Some members of Congress are already aiming to eliminate birth control coverage ENTIRELY:
Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would not only gut the administration’s recent rule that ensures birth control coverage for women working for Catholic hospitals and universities, but would allow ANY employer to handpick what health services could be denied to employees based on “conscience.” The bill has 35 co-sponsors!
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, which allows “an individual or entity on the basis of a religiously based decision” to deny contraceptive or sterilization coverage. The bill has 22 co-sponsors.
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 - suddenly controversial?! The majority of women and men who rely on contraception for the health of their families need to speak out.
1. Churches, synagogues, and places of worship are NOT being forced to cover birth control in their health plans. They are already exempt. Catholic leaders are pushing to block coverage to the hundreds of universities, hospitals, and charities that they operate. This would block birth control coverage for millions of women.
2. No one is being mandated to use birth control. This just requires insurers to provide it as an option for women who want and need it. We can’t allow our bosses to handpick what medical services their employes can access, simply because they don’t like it. What if employers could block HIV/AIDS treatment, blood transfusions, or therapists? This is exactly what Senator Rubio’s bill would do!
3. 99% of women use contraception - including 98% of Catholic women. A majority of voters support birth control with no co-pays. Without this coverage, women will be forced to spend up to 68% more on out-of-pocket healthcare costs.
What More Can I Do?
Post your own story.
Support HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Let her know it’s critical that women have birth control coverage with no co-pays. Tell her why you support birth control. She will be called before Congress on March 1st, and she needs to hear that we support birth control for all women, no matter where they work.
Thank Obama for keeping to his principal of birth control coverage for women – and for supporting the IOM’s finding that birth control is critical preventive care for women.