|Ciara from Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen in NY|
In January, the Obama Administration’s decision not to expand religious exemptions to no-copay birth control was a step in the right direction towards providing women basic health care. No woman should be denied their right to medical services because they can’t afford the high deductibles, or because their insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. Catholic Health Association has already come out in support of this solution, and it is the Republicans in Congress that stand in the way of birth control access.
“Making contraception available doesn’t mean you have to use it,” said Callie Otto a student at Catholic University. “If you have a religious conflict, I respect your right not to use it, but no one should be able to take that decision away from me.”
When 99% of women in the U.S. say they have used birth control, the issue of contraceptives isn’t controversial – it's common sense. The social conservatives would like you to believe otherwise. The time for people to fight back against the barrage of negative attacks is now.
“The Senate and congress has a responsibility to the two million students and workers at religious universities,” said Jessika Parry, a student of Boston College.
Join us on Tuesday, February 14th, the student led coalition will officially launch “Birth Control 4 Us.” This is just one of many actions that thousands of students on campuses across the nation will take this week in support of no cost birth control.
Join Medical Students for Choice, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Strong Families, Nursing Students for Choice, Choice USA , and students on hundreds of campuses by sending protest Valentines to Congress to show that we are committed to our right to contraceptives. You can also particpate in a synchronized cry of frustration at 12pm by reaching out to @whitehouse, @SpeakerBoehner, and other members of Congress on Twitter using the hash tag #bc4us. To take action click on the link below and follow these four steps:
- Step 1: Click here to download and print your valentines (or make your own!)
- Step 2: Take a picture of yourself holding your valentine
- Step 3: Post them on our Facebook Page or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org (*)
- Step 4: Tweet these pictures to @SpeakerBoehner and your Senators with the hashtag #bc4us. To find your Senator on Twitter, click here.