How Are We Helping More Women Say “Thanks, Birth Control!”?


How Are We Helping More Women Say “Thanks, Birth Control!”?

December 17, 2019
A black woman smiles and gives a thumbs up

The more we talk about contraception, the more we hope to remove the controversy around it and acknowledge how much it makes possible for individuals, couples, and families everywhere. So every year we choose one day to show the world why birth control matters. And this year, you showed up.

A screenshot from Twitter of Phil Weiser saying, "Thanks, Birth Control."

A screenshot from Instagram of the Sweet Feminist saying, "Thanks, Birth Control."

A screenshot from Twitter of Hillary Clinton saying, "Thanks, Birth Control."

But shouting about birth control once a year isn’t enough when nearly 20 million low-income women across the country don’t have reasonable access to the full range of contraceptive methods. To get contraception these women must do more than show up to an appointment. They must find childcare, take unpaid time off work, or travel long distances.

To fill these gaps and reduce barriers, we created BCBenefits, our contraceptive access fund. Based around the belief that all women deserve access to the birth control method of their choice, BCBenefits helps low income women overcome some of the most commonly-faced barriers in access to contraception.

Since launching nationally in April 2019, BCBenefits has helped more than 2,000 people receive a year’s worth of birth control for free. And 98% of those who have used BCBenefits say they would recommend it to a friend. Other things we’ve heard from users include, "Access is difficult in my state and this was easy peasy," and “"It was incredibly easy and exactly what I needed!”

So, after you thank your birth control method, consider making a donation to BCBenefits so that another woman can love her method like you do yours. Just $50 provides a woman with a full year’s supply of birth control. And spread the word: the more people who know about BCBenefits–both women in need of assistance and people like you interested in helping them–the more we can create change.