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April 7, 2020

Here at Power to Decide we believe that everyone has the power to activate and make a difference. Check back regularly for a new call to action. Make your voice heard!

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April 7, 2020

If you, a loved one, a client, or patient still don't have health insurance, 12 states have opened a special enrollment period in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More states may add their own special enrollment period and these states may change the date that their periods stay open, so check out this blog for up-to-date coverage. 

And remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone wash their hands often and for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face and close contact with others, stay home and wear a face mask if you’re feeling sick, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Read more about their tips here.

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February 4, 2020

In one month, on March 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee, a case involving a Louisiana law that could dramatically hinder access to abortion care for Louisianans by reducing the state to one abortion clinic for the more than 10,000 Louisiana women who seek abortion care each year. 

Please join us from 8-11:30 am on March 4, 2020, for a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to affirm that abortion is health care and everyone deserves the access they need to have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and having a child. 

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January 21, 2020

Sign Up for Frisky Friday

You know what makes birth control even better? Feeling empowered about your relationships and your sex life. Sign up for our Bedsider program's Frisky Friday newsletter to receive weekly sex, love, and dating tips directly to your inbox. 

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December 10, 2019

Make sure that the 2020 Open Enrollment is a success! For those of you that are providers or work in a clinical setting, remember to remind those you serve that they will have a few more days to obtain health coverage. Open Enrollment for the ACA runs through December 15, and if you need to refer anyone we have the resources for you to help someone select a plan that better fits their needs. Remember: ACA provides all women with no-copay birth control, and as we all know contraception is basic health care. 

"Thanks, Birth Control"

November 12, 2019

Tomorrow is Thanks, Birth Control day! Join us in acknowledging all the wonderful things birth control makes possible. Show some birth control love and look good doing it! Buy #ThxBirthControl swag today

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October 29, 2019

Get ready! Open Enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is right around the corner. From November 1 to December 15 you can go to https://healthcare.gov and choose a new plan or switch plans to one that works better for you. 

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October 15, 2019

Have you ever struggled to get birth control? We want to hear your story.

During Let’s Talk Month we’ve partnered with Simple Health for their #KissMyAccess campaign to ignite conversation around the lack of awareness around birth control access. Despite its importance, we know that people just don’t talk about birth control. And by not talking about it, reproductive health awareness, access, and progress—as well as women themselves—have suffered. If you’ve ever struggled to get your birth control—because of cost, insurance coverage, doctor interference, time off, or any other reason—we’re asking you to publicly talk about it. Share your story on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #KissMyAccess, and for each tagged post in October, Simple Health will donate one month of birth control to an uninsured woman.

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September 17, 2019

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Sign up for our monthly Power Pulse newsletter to stay on top of the latest on sexual health and ways to raise your voice for the power to decide. 

 

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September 3, 2019

Help us fight the gag rule!

The Title X Family planning Program is the nation’s only federal funding dedicated to providing those most in need with free or low-cost contraceptive care. But in August, the devastating “domestic gag rule” began to force many health centers to leave the Title X program and give up millions of dollars that have been used to provide low-income people with the care that they need. To date, twenty percent of the grantees across 16 states have already been forced out of the program and the number is likely to rise. As a result, those living in underserved communities and those struggling to make ends meet are finding themselves unable to afford the contraception they need. Help us fight back now by sending a message demanding your Senators protect Title X.

 

 

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August 20, 2019

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.

 

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July 16, 2019

Sign up for our monthly Power Pulse newsletter to stay on top of the latest on sexual health and ways to raise your voice for the power to decide. 
 

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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!

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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!

 

A graphic with the words, "Tell Us Your Story"

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.

Camping not cramping, birth control FTW

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! 

 

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

Share this with your friends and ask them to submit their stories too!

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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! 

 

SOTU BINGO

 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?

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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!

 

For the first time ever there is a Pro-Choice majority in the house.

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. 

Please join us in standing up for women’s access by raising your voice this year about why unfettered access to birth control matters to you. Here's how:

  1. Head to your favorite social media outlet (TwitterInstagramFacebook) and find your member of Congress' official account!
  2. Follow them.
  3. 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! 

 

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