Hey Everyone, Birth Control ISN’T Just About Preventing Babies OK!

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After the recent shocking ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, who ruled that Christian-owned craft store Hobby Lobby, and Mennonite-owned cabinet-making store Conestoga Wood did NOT have to provide certain types of contraceptives to their employees due to the owners’ personal religious beliefs, the nation has been in a steady uproar about it.

Women of child-bearing age are of course the only people affected, but that hasn’t stopped anyone and everyone from chiming in. The saddest thing is that the voices of those women affected have mostly been drowned out by the religious and political back and forth, when we all should be asking these women how it makes them feel.

Oh and for the record, there are over 70 other businesses who currently have cases pending in court similar to Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, which means if this ruling isn’t overturned or appealed, it could mean more and more women’s health will be in jeopardy. Sure Hobby Lobby cover 16 out of the 20 contraceptives detailed under the Affordable Healthcare Act, but should it even be a business’ business what happens once they pay their employees their fair wages and healthcare insurance? We say no! Many democrats agree and are working to overturn this damaging ruling.

Since essentially this affects young women, more than it does religious people, Buzzfeed decided to take it upon themselves and ask 22 of their female employees why they need birth control. Because while the conservatives are out there accusing some contraceptives of going against their beliefs because they cause abortions, the truth is, it’s not as black and white as that.

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Women take birth control for a myriad of reasons, and this is what needs to be part of the bigger debate when it comes to whether contraceptives should be covered by a company’s health insurance. Birth control, despite certain propaganda-type statements ARE medication, and these women below are proving it.

As a side note, we can’t even believe that some people, despite religious beliefs (which we totally respect and don’t have anything against, by the way), didn’t even care to find out how birth control is used as medication for some critical conditions! Perhaps this is why less men need to be leading the way for regulating something like this, and more women need to step up into political leadership roles to educate the public on a few more crucial details.

Earlier this week Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren (who should totes run alongside Hillary Clinton in 2016!) presented a new bill to Congress to vote on called the ‘Not My Boss’ Business’ Act. It would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision to allow employers to block access to certain types of contraceptives. The Democrats needed at least 60 votes for the Act to pass, but they fell short by 4, only receiving 56. While the GOP is saying this kind of a bill is just a “stunt” to get more Democrat votes in the Senate.

Surprisingly, there were 3 Republicans who actually backed the bill and voted yes, but it was still not enough. Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave an impassioned speech before the vote was to be made, and pointed out some important facts about why the Hobby Lobby decision is hurting women.

Sure some conservatives believe “life begins at conception” but as you can see from some of the pictures below, having access to birth control isn’t about “killing babies” it is a preventative measure and can be an effective way for women NOT to have to ever be in a position to have an abortion. The truth is, no one actually likes abortions. C’mon! They are a terrible ordeal for any women to go through, but blocking access to women making their own decisions is sending America back to the dark ages. There has to be compromise, and if the Republicans could only see how providing access to ALL types of contraceptives could actually prevent abortions from happening, perhaps they wouldn’t be so black and white about it.

Until then, we as young women will not stop speaking up for our rights. Feminism was the reason women were allowed to vote, and today feminism is going to achieve even more in the name of equality.

Below are our fave picks from Buzzfeed’s list, you can check out more of the photos on their website.

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14 Comments

  1. This is such an insane argument I can’t believe it was approved by supreme court. What if business owner was opposed to their employees drinking alcohol or smoking? In order to make sure their employees don’t take the “forbidden” stuff, employer could demand to be allowed to pay employees in coupons. 30 coupons per month for bread, 20 for milk, 10 for gas, none for chocolate during Lent and none for sugary drinks ever because those are not healthy and the employer gets to decide what is good for you. I think those who can see the obvious injustice and tampering with basic human rights in this ruling should avoid working for, working with and buying from businesses who like to think of themselves as morally supreme while at the same time selling products from a country where abortion is a requirement for everybody with more than one child.

  2. cheryldelp says:

    Thanks for writing this! It is so true! Do these insurances cover preventative check ups? Like mammograms, paps, prostrate exams?? This also is a preventative measure~~not just for having children, but as the signs say lots of other maladies. I have to wonder if they will cover medical pot?? Now there is another whole can of worms!!!
    I don’t have a problem with their religious beliefs, but because of them they are pushing their beliefs on their employees. If said employees miss work 3 or 4 days a month because of cramps, they could lose their jobs. And we all know if we have cramps and are hurting we are not the most pleasant people to be around, which isn’t good for the other folks we work with or any customers, who can be trying sometimes.
    Men still don’t seem to realize how valuable, and talented we women are!!

  3. Ann Rodgers says:

    I work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, which covers the prescription of hormones that are otherwise marketed as contraceptives in order to treat other conditions. The same is true of every other Catholic diocese of which I am aware. Your statements about the value of these drugs as medical treatments are true, but the idea that the church prevents its employees from obtaining that treatment is false. This is an important discussion, and we should base it on facts, not false assumptions about each other.

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