Jul 202011
 

If you haven’t heard about the latest study suggesting that health care should offer birth control, contraception, sterilization (voluntary) and preventative exams at NO cost to the recipient, it’s possible you haven’t been on the internet in the last few days.

This study is new, but the concept is not. Most other countries offer birth control and contraception free to all of their citizens. Why?

*Lower rates of teen pregnancy

*Lower rates of unwanted pregnancy (which means less abortions and less adoptions/kids put in the foster care system)

*Higher rates of healthy births (having too many pregnancies close to each other can cause more issues with live births)

*Healthier, happier citizens

*Lower rates of DV triggered by unwanted pregnancies/children that couples cannot afford

Basically, it’s just silly that we don’t already offer this. For those of you not on birth control or contraception, you may not realize how quickly the costs can add up. I am “lucky” enough to have insurance, yet my Nuva Ring costs $35 per month. That is over $400 a year. This is a big investment for me — I cannot imagine having to put $400 towards birth control if I was working a minimum wage job…and if you are no insured, it can cost over $100 A MONTH for certain types of birth control. For folks who don’t have much disposable income, birth control and contraception isn’t at the top of their lists; usually food, rent, and utilities top off their lists.

By providing completely covered birth control, contraception and equally important preventative exams, we can significantly cut down on unwanted pregnancies, increase healthy live birth rates, and discover cancers and STIs waaaaay earlier. The fact that we don’t already do this seems ludicrous to me. Even if this isn’t something that would directly affect you personally, or even anyone in your group of friends and family, this is something that will be a positive impact on literally MILLIONS of people. Please, take a moment to sign this petition towards making this a reality.

Click here to sign the no co-pay petition!

Thanks,

 

Shanna

Oct 262010
 

I’m a political person, but I often try to keep my career thoughts separate from my personal politics.

This is one of those situations where that is just impossible, period.

Back in 2008, I worked on the NO on 48 Campaign in Colorado, against the so called “Personhood” amendment. I drove around the state, used facebook/twitter/myself/our blog to get the word out, phone banked, you name it, just to make sure this horrible amendment didn’t pass. It didn’t — Colorado voters knocked it down 73% to 27%.  Which is a ridiculous defeat. You’d think they would have learned their lesson.

They didn’t. They’re back this year. When I say they, it is almost all out of state contributions and hands at work, with a few conservative extremists IN Colorado actually putting a local face on it and doing the dirty work. It’s not longer 48, it’s 62. And it’s just as evil.

What does it do? It defines the moment of conception as now being a person. Any fertilized egg is considered person. Fetuses also fall into this category, but fertilized eggs…even if they aren’t implanted.

First of all, it is impossible (and many Catholic churches have agreed on this level) to know the exact moment of conception. So really, any cisgender woman who is regularly menstruating and having sex with a cisgender man could technically have a second person growing inside her.

What does this mean?

*IUDs would become illegal. If you have one in, you’d have to have it removed, by law.

*Most forms of hormonal birth control would be illegal — they might be murdering a person.

*Women who had cancer would not be allowed to choose chemotherapy or radiation, as it might hurt the “person” inside them.

*Abortion and emergency contraception would become illegal.

*Invitro fertilization would also face issues; because they store the extra embryos they create, and eventually destroy them after a decade or so, they would be considered to be “mass murders.” Because they are throwing away unwanted, decade old embryos.

*A bit silly, but technically, all women of childbearing age could drive in the HOV lane at any point in time…because you would never know if they had a second “person” inside them, ergo, multiple people in the car.

Obviously, this amendment is ridiculous, and would trample rights of women and couples everywhere. If you or anyone you know live in Colorado, I beg of you to stand up against this, and vote NO on 62. We don’t want it, just like we didn’t want 48. Let’s send a message and get outside interest groups to stop meddling with us now, and for good.

-Shanna

PS. If you want a glimpse at their ridiculousness, make sure you watch this video all the way through.