A feature story in the most recent issue of Women’s Health takes a look at attacks on reproductive rights by Republican lawmakers across the country, and what’s at stake for women in the upcoming election:
You're probably one of the 99 percenters. Meaning, one of the 99 percent of American women who are or have been sexually active and have used some sort of birth control.
Maybe it's daily pills or monthly shots or some other form of pregnancy prevention. Maybe you already have all the kids you want, or you're waiting until you're ready to have a baby, or you've decided you'll never be ready. And perhaps your contraceptive of choice also eases a medical problem--whether it's painful endometriosis or scary ovarian cysts or disabling pelvic cramps--or helps stave off a new one, such as ovarian or uterine cancer. When it comes to controlling your reproductive health and destiny, birth control has always been there for you and always will be, right?
In a word, no. Because today, there's a national discourse raging around access to birth control—40 years after the Supreme Court legalized contraception for all women, irrespective of marital status, and five decades after the birth-control pill's introduction. And while fringy far-right extremists have always blasted away at contraceptive use, they have now infiltrated the mainstream--in the form of Tea Party Republicans and GOP presidential candidates. "It is shocking to see the vehemence of the attacks on contraception that we are facing these days," says Marcia Greenberger, copresident of the National Women's Law Center.
President Obama will not give any ground to those who would try to deny women their own health care choices. Behind every one of the President’s policies is a simple idea: women should have control over the decisions that affect their health, their lives, and their careers.
Read the full article here, and pass it along to make sure the women in your life understand the choice they have to make in November.