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FFFF: Don’t Give Up on Birth Control

FFFFBedsider.org has a pretty funny PSA reminding you that you didn’t give up on sex, so don’t give up on birth control either:

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Contraception is Essential Preventive Health Care

by Jarrah Hodge

Great  and informative new informational video from the Guttmacher Institute outlines the benefits of contraceptive use in the United States. ?As the Guttmacher folks say on the video’s YouTube page:

“Proper timing and spacing of births leads to healthier pregnancies; contraception, when used consistently, is highly effective; and cost can be a barrier to a woman using the contraceptive method that’s right for her.”

Full transcript is available at the Institute’s website here.

 

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Social Media Helps Boycott Rush

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke Giving Testimony

by Sarah Jensen

Last week Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, a “slut” for speaking out in support of accessible birth control. He later elaborated

“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is.  So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal.  If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

After years of bullying and slandering women, these comments became the final straw; over the weekend thousands of angry people took to the internet, urging his sponsors to stop cut their ties with him. He’s been dropped by 35 of them so far, and the number continues to rise.

Among the many articles which have been written about the situation, one of the most interesting I’ve found is the Forbes piece that I’ve excerpted below, which discusses the powerful role that social media has played in the boycott:

“Women aren’t waiting to be told what to do or which petition to sign, they’re just doing what we do best: talking and connecting,” agreed Allison Fine, senior fellow for progressive think tank Demos.

It’s the next chapter in many ways to the story that hit the public consciousness with the strong, active online reaction to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood a month ago. The response was quick, massive, and targeted. My own social graph (on both Facebook and Twitter) lit up like a summer fireworks display after sundown – stirring conversation, concentration around hashtags and shared media, and truly crowdsourced action.

“What we’re seeing right now is a continuation of the networked response to the right-wing war on women’s health that began with the Komen reaction a few weeks ago,” said Fine. “It is across generations and extra-organizational with individual women using a variety of social media channels to connect with other women and create their own protests.”

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OptBC calls for Universal Access to Publicly Funded Contraception

Birth Control Pills

Last week the Obama administration announced that most employers will be required to cover contraceptives in employee health plans. This was a huge victory for reproductive health and feminist groups who had been lobbying for this extended coverage for preventative care services.

Another thing it means is that the US has jumped ahead of some Canadian provinces in terms of contraceptive access, at least for those insured by employers. I use the Nuva Ring for hormonal contraception and while my current employer’s health plan does cover it, my previous three health plans did not, leaving me out of pocket to the tune of approximately $30/month. It was hard to imagine women without extended health plans being able to afford this extra amount to have the choice I had.

Coming out of this, Options for Sexual Health BC is renewing its call on the provincial government to ensure universal access to publicly funded contraception.

In 2010 Opt produced a research paper on this topic, which was based on the argument that “publicly funded contraception for all British Columbians is good public policy.” They noted over 30 countries in Europe already mandate publicly funded contraception and that ensuring it in BC would help us catch up. Read more

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FFFFrench and Saunders

Ok, I screwed up. I know it’s technically Saturday now, but I haven’t slept yet so it’s kinda like it’s Friday. So here’s your film clip: an oldie but a goodie from French and Saunders:

Have a fantastic weekend, folks!

-Jarrah


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