Thursday, October 30, 2008

Birth Control: Voting Green

Olive S. Oyl here! C'mon, all that talk about makin' first moves? I had to do my duty...

There's no doubt that access to safe, effective contraception is a green issue. I won't get into population control (leaving that to Arduous!) or greener sex toys (thanks, Crunchy!). But did you know that most voters (even pro-life voters) support access to birth control, even as legislators running for office try to have your health insurance leave your pills out in the cold? I bet every woman reading this has had to pocket uncovered birth control expenses, from (hormone-altering) pills to (copper) IUDs. Yet cost is the least of our worries. Check out this eye-opening article at the Huffington Post from yesterday:
"Polls taken by the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association found that even 80% of self-described "pro-life" voters support access to contraception. Opposition to contraception is the mark of extremism. Yet, to appease their fundamentalist "pro-life" base that vehemently opposes contraception, many elected officials Members of Congress have voted against access to contraception.

And so in 2008 pro-choice candidates have begun to paint those who oppose contraception as extremists. This election cycle marks the first time since the legalization of contraception that access to birth control has become a campaign issue. In tight races, the issue may prove decisive." (Cristina Page gives a lowdown in this post about the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races in which birth control's become a major issue).

Virginia, Colorado, Washington State, New Hampshire -- check out her list of battleground states and then visit Birth Control Watch to become a 2 minute activist (among other things, you can join the Parade poll about whether teaching our kids abstinence-only sex ed should continue and join NARAL in asking pharmacists to stock Plan B). As you head to the voting booth this fall, educate yourself about reproductive health issues (many thanks to Cynthia Samuels for her tireless effort to galvanize bloggers on this issue). More is at stake than the cost of safe sex - in some states, whether or not a fertilized egg should have legal rights - in others, whether or not a woman has a right to get her prescription for birth control filled by a pharmacist.

In my view, the debate should be beyond access to safe birth control and on to developing better birth control...we can send a man to the moon but don't have infallible ways to prevent STDs, pregnancy, and create world peace without mood-and-water-altering hormones? Let's all vote next week in ways that will shift the debate back where it belongs: to the common ground shared by the 80% of us who want women to have access to birth control.

9 comments:

Green Me said...

Thanks Olive for taking the time to discuss this important topic! You'd think health insurance would be more than happy to cover $15 of pills or a $500 IUD as that is significantly less expensive (even over 20 years) than one VAG Birth!!! Ridiculous.

Another serious issue here in Colorado right now is Amend. 48 on our State Ballot that is attempting to define a fertilized egg (even 10 secs after it happens) as a human being. If passed it is expected that this could be used to try to outlaw the Pill, IUDs, etc. because they simply prevent fertilized eggs from implanting! I cannot believe that my simple IUD (which is also very green as I don't get visits from Aunt Flo) could be "murder" or "illegal."

Warmly,

Alison

Billie said...

Wow! I had no idea that my choices with respect to family planning would be taken away. I rather thought that my right to plan my family was my right and not anyone else's to define.

I am heading over the edge of 40 so I could simply have surgery without too much agonizing but what would you do if you were 20, married and had several years before you you wanted to children. I guess condoms will be making a comeback?

greeen sheeep said...

I have always thought it crazy that insurance does not cover birth control. It is way cheaper than having babies!

I am so glad I do not have to use BC. The pill totally weirds out my system.

JessTrev said...

I agree with everyone! The math on this issue seems simple: cheaper to cover access to birth control.

@Green Me - tx for the lowdown about Colorado - amazing stuff on the ballot, indeed. Love IUDs - especially the copper ones - but on our local moms listserv LOTS of ppl comment that they aren't covered. $500 is significant barrier (heh heh) to contraception.

@billie I so hear you about life stages - I myself am heading twds 40 and agree that contraceptive choices are dramatically diff depending on one's age - which is why we need to preserve a variety of options. Condoms included. But not limited to them...

@greeen sheeep totally agree - hormonal birth control *feels* horrid to me, aside from enviro issues.

Electronic Goose said...

I certainly think we should have free access to birth control, although it's worth pointing out that contraceptives that contain hormones do enter into streams, other animals, etc. and may be screwing up nature as a result (in addition to the other many chemicals we allow to screw up nature). Maybe condoms, or an improvement on condoms, is the direction we should be headed towards.

JessTrev said...

@electronic goose crunchy chicken's recent post on birth control touched on this in the comments -- I 100% agree that hormone altering birth control's not desirable *for me* but 100% effective birth control's an outcome that trumps many other considerations, imho. If you're not talking about disease prevention, the copper IUD is a good bet. My prob with condoms is they are a)not effective enough and b)disposable as well. Surely someone can come up with better solutions that don't threaten either women's health or the environment....

Stu said...

Another great resource on these issues in the campaigns:

http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/campaigns/290.htm

Nora Bee said...

Hear, hear!

sexy said...

一夜情聊天室,一夜情,情色聊天室,情色,美女交友,交友,AIO交友愛情館,AIO,成人交友,愛情公寓,做愛影片,做愛,性愛,微風成人區,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人影片,成人,成人貼圖,18成人,成人圖片區,成人圖片,成人影城,成人小說,成人文章,成人網站,成人論壇,情色貼圖,色情貼圖,色情A片,A片,色情小說,情色小說,情色文學,寄情築園小遊戲, 情色A片,色情影片,AV女優,AV,A漫,免費A片,A片下載

情色,A片,AIO,AV,日本AV,色情A片,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,A片下載,情色A片,哈啦聊天室,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,色情聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080視訊聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,免費視訊聊天,上班族聊天室,080中部人聊天室,視訊聊天室,視訊聊天,成人聊天室,一夜情聊天室,辣妹視訊,情色視訊,成人,成人影片,成人光碟,成人影城,自拍

A片,AIO,AV,日本AV,色情A片,AV女優,A漫,AIO交友愛情館,線上A片,免費A片,A片下載,情色A片,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人,成人影片,成人光碟,成人影城,成人交友,愛情公寓,色情聊天室,情色貼圖,色情,色情影片,做愛,情色,哈啦聊天室,聊天室,UT聊天室,豆豆聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080視訊聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,自拍,性愛cr

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin