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How’s your summer going? Getting some chill time in? You may not have heard of “August Recess,” but it’s when members of Congress leave Washington DC to go home to their districts and states, but no, it’s not to chill. They’re working there until they return after Labor Day weekend. This doesn’t mean that nothing is happening—in fact, quite the opposite. Particularly in the Senate, which has yet to pass any spending bills for the next fiscal year that begins on October 1, work is underway to decide which programs get what money and how they are administered. In other words, it’s a crucial time for you to make your voice heard, especially with your Senators. Please reach out and tell Senators to fully fund the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Title X family Planning Program, and support the language offered by the House that ensures these programs are implemented as they traditionally have been.
How can you help? Visit our Take Action page, and help us advocate for the TPP Program, then share your birth control story and help us protect the Title X Family Planning Program and the critical access to birth control it provides. Still want to do more? Share your views with your members of Congress on social media and attend one of their local events. Remember, they work for YOU! Bonus, you can do all this from your phone while at the pool.
July 16, 2019
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July 9, 2019
You know what makes birth control even better? Feeling empowered about your relationships and your sex life. Sign up for Bedsider's Frisky Friday newsletter to receive weekly sex, love, and dating tips directly to your inbox!
July 2, 2019
Before the ACA, many insurance plans did not cover reproductive health care. Now the Trump Administration is trying to roll this back and allow discrimination in health care. Read more on how the Administration is trying to do this, then submit an official comment to let them know why they should not roll back the Health Care Rights law. If you have a personal story about barriers you faced when trying to access health care—like feeling afraid of being judged or shamed when planning a doctor's visit or having a provider dismiss your pain or symptoms because of your race, gender, or sexual orientation—you can share that story in your comment to help add to its impact!
June 11, 2019
Earlier this year year we shared in this video how the Domestic Gag Rule could impact the Title X Family Planning Fund—and along with it, your power to decide on and access the care you need. Have you ever gone to a clinic and received contraceptive counseling and contraception for free or at a reduced price? If so, whether you know it or not, it might have been the Title X Family Planning Fund that covered your bill, in part or in whole. If you have had this experience, let us know what access to birth control meant to you. Whether it helped you pursue your education, deal with painful periods, or not have to choose between health care and groceries, we want to know.
Tell us your birth control story here.
March 12, 2019
Spring Break is here and we're challenging champions, mentors, and trusted adults nationwide to take the pledge and talk to a young person in their lives about sex, love, relationships, and birth control. As our young people head off for some fun in the sun and relaxation, what better way to set the tone for establishing healthy boundaries and making healthy decisions than talking to your young person about your past "should've, could've, would've" experiences and how you hope they might take heed. If you need some help jumpstarting these important conversations—we've got you covered here.
And don't forget to talk to your young person about the importance of dual protection. If they're not ready for a pregnancy, finding a birth control method that works for them is key. With birth control being FTW in just about any scenario—why not start a conversation that puts your young person on the right track to pursue the future they envision for themselves. Remember young people want to hear from their trusted adults—even if you don't think they're listening, believe us, they are!
March 5, 2019
As Queen Bey once said, "who runs the world—GIRLS". This #TakeActionTuesday, we're asking people nationwide to join us as we celebrate women who've made invaluable contributions to the lives of young people. It's Women's History Month and what better way to uplift a woman in your life than to nominate her for being a rockstar. Maybe it's your mom, a professor, a coworker who goes above and beyond, or someone you've never met personally that has impacted you. We want you to uplift her contributions by nominating her as a Powerful Woman! And as an added bonus, each nomination will be counted as an entry for an opportunity to win a Power Pack for you and the woman you've nominated.
*Note 3/31/19-- the nomination process is now closed.
February 26, 2019
Last Friday, the Trump Administration released a final rule—commonly referred to as the “Domestic Gag Rule”—for the Title X Family Planning Program (Title X). The Domestic Gag Rule will force clinics that have received Title X funds in the past not to take those funds and possibly close, leaving people who depend on those clinics without the care they need. The rule would also block providers at Title X clinics from giving their patients information and referrals for abortion care.
In this quick recap, our Director of Public Policy shares how the Domestic Gag Rule could impede your power to decide on and access the care you need.
Some legal challenges to this rule have already been announced, but we still need you to act by sharing your birth control story with us. We want to know why access to birth control and the full range of reproductive health matters to you? And what it has made possible for you? Your stories will help us to highlight the continued importance of birth control access for everyone and the role it plays in giving all young people the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant.
February 12, 2019
Today's #TakeActionTuesday just happens to be during National Condom Week and two days before Valentine's Day. What better way to celebrate a week of *the glove* and, of course, commercialized love than making a pair of Glittery Condom Earrings while listening to the Not Your Mama's Podcast VDay episode with the young person in your life?
Whether your teen is sexually active, thinking about sex, or maybe sex isn't on the radar at all for them—having conversations about dual protection and condom use is incredibly important. In our latest survey, we partner with Cosmopolitan to survey 2000 men and women ages 18-34 to see if millennials are using condoms. The results may shock you—50% of respondents said they never do!
With STIs on the rise here in the U.S., it's important to ensure that our young people are equipped with the information and resources they need to make healthy decisions about their reproductive health. So, this #TakeActionTuesday gather your young people, turn on this week's episode—where De'Jonnae and her crew chat it up about condoms and compatibility—get crafty with Bedsider's 2019 Make Some Love campaign, and jumpstart a meaningful conversation!
February 5, 2019
It's that time of year again. The President of the United States will deliver the State of the Union (SOTU) tonight and we want you to get in on the action! Get a friend (virtually or IRL (in real life)) and see how quickly (or not) you hit BINGO! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, we'll be playing too! Tag us (@PowerToDecide) when you post your marked-up #SOTU Bingo card for a chance to win some #ThxBirthControl swag!
P.S. #SOTU BINGO isn't the only way to stay informed and get involved. Check out our 2019 Guide and podcast for how to get activated this year—and to find the answers to questions like:
- Who are my members of Congress?
- Are my members on social media? Is that the best way to contact them?
Do my members of Congress care what I think about the issues? What about if I didn’t vote for them?
January 29, 2019
College: four years of early mornings, late nights, figuring out how to do laundry and successfully flirt with the guy in your 9AM bio class. From what we remember, that just about covers it...right? The college students in your life are busy navigating a world of firsts—without you, their trusted adult and champion—and that can be a bit intimidating, especially when it comes to sex, love, and relationships.
We're here to help. This #TakeActionTuesday, invite the college students in your life to join our Bedsider U community for sex, love, and relationship advice, exclusive opportunities, and a number of resources to help them take control of their reproductive health!
January 22, 2019
Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If you're not sure what that means, check out Advocates for Youth's super cool illustration here. We are celebrating safe and legal access to abortion—because everyone should have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. If you agree that everyone deserves access, head to social media and share what having the power to decide has meant for your life—and if you're a bit shy, feel free to RT, repost, or share what we've put up!
January 15, 2019
Today, at the Pro-Choice Caucus Press Conference Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) joined by many new and returning members of Congress, reminded us that for the first time EVER we have a pro-choice majority in the House committed to ensuring all women have access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care they need.
- Head to your favorite social media outlet (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and find your member of Congress' official account!
- Follow them.
- In a post or in your story, tag your Representative and Senator sharing why you're thankful for access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl—and be sure to tag us (@PowertoDecide) so that we can share our favorites!
September 18, 2018
Late last week, Congressional Leadership agreed on a large spending package that would continue funding for the Title X Family Planning Program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program through September 30, 2019.
For the first time in a long time (22 years to be exact) Congress is on track to finalize a spending bill that includes year-long funding for programs that help prevent unplanned pregnancy, on time! Oh, and it has support from both parties.
Translation: THIS IS A BIG DEAL. The Senate just passed the bill 93-7, and the House is expected to take it up next week. So we need your help to get it over the finish line.
Here's how can you help:
- Call, email, or use social media to contact your Representative and urge them to support this bill (H.R. 6157). You can find contact information for your Representative clicking the box in the top right-hand corner here. If you’re not sure what to say, we've got you covered.
- Encourage your friends, family, and followers to do the same: I'm advocating for programs that give young people the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. Join me: https://bit.ly/2m3P2Lp #ThisIsWhatDemocracyLooksLike
Thank you for taking the time to advocate for programs that give young people the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. This is what democracy looks like!
June 19, 2018
The Trump Administration recently proposed a so-called “domestic gag rule” that would negatively impact the Title X Family Planning Program (Title X). For nearly 50 years, Title X has played a critical role in preventing unplanned pregnancy by offering high-quality contraceptive services, preventive screenings, and health education to low-income individuals. If implemented, the rule would strip funding from certain health facilities that provide high quality, affordable contraceptive services, and other vital health services—only making it more difficult for low-income women to access birth control.
Make your voice heard now! Submit an official comment to the US Department of Health and Human Services before July 31 opposing the rule. You can use this pre-filled form or submit your own comments here. If you are able, we encourage you to personalize your comments with how this rule could impact you and your community. Don’t forget to activate your friends and network too. Share our suggested tweet and let your network know that the domestic gag rule is not okay!
- The unplanned pregnancy rate is at a 30yr low thanks to increased access to BC! The #DomesticGagRule puts this progress at risk + threatens low-income women + women of color who depend on the #TitleX program! Learn how you can help here: https://bit.ly/2ygyQPY#NoGagRule