What challenges did I face accessing birth control when I was younger? My doctor told me taking the Pill could possibly kill me — apparently thinking this additional “fact” would help me make a more informed medical decision.
I’m still alive — so I guess he was wrong. And that doctor was not alone in putting up barriers for women trying to access reproductive health care.
TELL US: Have you ever asked your mom, aunt, grandmother, or another loved one in your life what challenges she had gaining access to birth control? We want to hear the stories!
It’s been nearly fifty years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Connecticut v Griswold striking down state bans on birth control. Since then, contraception has become so central to women’s lives that 98 percent of us use it at some point during our reproductive years. Yet, politicians still re-litigate access to affordable contraception and other women’s health care needs.
The stories of the past prepare us for the fights of the future! Help us collect stories to remind our daughters and granddaughters about the fights we have won — help them fight the challenges that still lie ahead. Ask your mom her story about the challenges of accessible birth control or share your own story with us.
As mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, and those that love them, let’s work together to get the message across to our leaders once and for all — our health is NOT up for debate™.
P.S. Please donate today to support the Center’s work on contraceptive coverage and other issues — your gift will be matched dollar for dollar through Mother’s Day!
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