What We’ve Been Reading and Watching
In case my previous post didn’t convince, read this comprehensive explanation of why birth control without copays is important for women, families – and President Obama’s re-election campaign. Then, email the White House. Text-to-call the White House by texting BCREFUSAL to 69866. Or just call them directly at 202-456-1111. We have to keep up the pressure all weekend long.
Cecile Richards explains that when it comes to birth control, we’re really talking about The Other 99%.
Also, Jezebel covers a new report that birth control is for more than just preventing pregnancy. (Though that’s reason enough to make it free!)
Speaking of keeping women healthy, here’s a great fact sheet Raising Women’s Voices put together on just why Medicaid is so important for women’s health. Did you know it pays for more than one-third of all births in the U.S.? (Sorry, sometime I can’t resist getting a little policy-wonk-y.)
Wow, the Bishops have indeed been busy lately – they want to expand post-abortion counseling efforts. I recommend you call Exhale instead, if you’ve had an abortion and need to talk to someone – and here’s a great video to explain what you can expect when you call!
Also, it’s not just Catholic women who don’t feel a need to consult their bishops when making personal decisions about their bodies – in an unscientific study, Mormon women say they can make their own decisions, too.
Finally, great New York Times Magazine piece on how to teach good sex (ed).