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Friday, February 10, 2006

Challenging Anti-Choicers on Birth Control

Aha. It seems pro-choice groups are beginning to slowly get it. This is from NARAL:
What is 98%?

- 98% of American women have used a form of birth control during their reproductive lives.
- 98% is an overwhelming majority.
- 98% is our call to national leaders: Stop blocking women's access to birth control.

On March 7 we want you to be a part of NARAL Pro-Choice America's Prevention First national Day of Action that calls on state and federal leaders to support women's access to birth control. Click here to find out how you can be a part of it.

Why a campaign to promote responsible family planning? Because we believe that women should be empowered to prevent unintended pregnancy, not punished for being responsible. Instead of divisive attacks on women's reproductive freedom, we are asking for lawmakers to unify behind common-sense measures to prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion.

The hypocrisy of taking away a woman's right to choose while also taking away her ability to prevent pregnancy is outrageous. Pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control. Unproven and scientifically inaccurate "abstinence-only" programs are being forced on our kids by the Bush administration. And politically motivated delays at the FDA are blocking over-the-counter access to the "morning-after" pill.

Well, enough is enough. American women deserve better.

With an overwhelming majority of the American public on our side, we can do more than just shut down these anti-birth-control measures. We can make real progress for women's access to contraception. Click here to sign our petition which will be deliverd to every member of the California Congressional Delegation.

Here's what we're asking our leaders to do though our national Day of Action:

1. Pass the Real Education About Life Act ("REAL": S.368/H.R.2553) to set up the first-ever federal sex-education program for young people.

2. Pass the Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act ("ALPhA": S.809/H.R.1652) to ensure that a woman receives her prescription contraception, in spite of rogue pharmacists who want to give them lectures instead.

3. Pass the Equity in Prescription Insurance Contraceptive Coverage Act ("EPICC": S.1214/H.R.4651) to ensure that prescription birth control is covered equally with other prescription drugs.

4. Pass the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act ("CARE": S.1264/H.R.2928) to ensure that survivors of sexual assault are offered emergency contraception in the emergency room.

5. Pass the Prevention First Act (S.20/H.R. 1709) to increase funds for family-planning services, ensure contraceptive equity in health-insurance plans, and improve women's access to emergency contraception, among other things.


At 2/10/2006 3:37 PM, Anonymous sara said...

CA is the most prochoice state in the country. thank god. Where do the "Concerned Women of America" stand on birth control?

At 2/10/2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

This may sound a little crazy...but why should I be forced to pay for state sponsored birth control? And why should I demand that the state punish some pharmacist who cannot in good conscience sell birth control? Christ, even the military allows for conscientious objectors.

Wow, talk about 1984.

At 2/10/2006 8:46 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

timmy, why are you always on the defensive? Maybe you should meditate this weekend...Birth control is a legal drug. Pharmacists should dispense legal drugs, just like they dispense Viagra. It's too bad you can't decide where your taxes go. But never fear, your wish is slowly coming true. Anti-choice, anti-women politicians are slashing Planned Parenthood budgets. Thanks to these pro-lifers, 6,000 mostly low-income women will have no access to family planning services, including pap smears and breast exams.

At 2/11/2006 8:47 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Rose, I'm baffeled. Since when (and where) has scoring rubbers become any more difficult than breathing air? Fer crine out loud, they're sold in vending machines and 24-hour convenience stores all over the country. If every farkin pharmacist in America stopped selling condoms tomorrow I'd have about as hard a time buying a pack of chewing gum as I would buying a condom. I mean, WTF?!?

As for all the poor people who can't afford breast exams, colonoscpies, dental work, anal bleaching, whatever -- well, let's not beat around the bush -- what we're talking here is our old friend, Mr. Socialized Medicine. And sorry, but as someone intimately famiiar with procuring medical attention (let alone GOOD medical attention) in Canada...No, thank you, and God help us.

What's the solution? I'm not sure...but I sure know what it ain't.

At 2/11/2006 8:57 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

timmy, I'll be blunt. You need to get out more. Not all relationships are healthy. Men often refuse to wear condoms and in some cases, men throw birth control pills down the toilet. I know what you'll say: then women should get out of the relationship. Go volunteer for a few months at a women's shelter or a free clinic, then get back to me.

Good luck with the anal bleaching.

At 2/11/2006 9:05 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Another thing:

When the day comes I turn on the news and I watch some guy in handcuffs being escorted by armed policemen from his corner drug store for the crime of not selling condoms....

...well,....sorry. I'm afraid you'll have to celebrate that glorious day in America history without me.

At 2/11/2006 9:25 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I'm curious....of the total number of pregnancies in this country, what percentage of them is due to boyfriends (or husbands) flushing birth control pills down the toilet (and replacing them with placebos and resealing the package I presume), or forcefully raped by mates refusing to wear condoms?

At 2/11/2006 9:35 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Oh yeah...the anal bleaching came out great. Turned my dating life around completely. If you're thinking about taking the plunge yourself but you have some lingering doubts, I'd be glad to show you mine...I think you'll find it very impressive.

At 7/03/2006 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hard for me to understand any man not using contraception if his girlfriend/wife doesn't wish to be pregnant. I willingly used condoms when my wife couldn't use any other contraceptive.


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