Why Giving Matters
What has birth control made possible for you? Take a second and think about it. Maybe birth control allowed you to pursue a graduate degree, or it enabled you to become the first in your family to graduate from college. Maybe, with birth control, you were able to space out pregnancies in a way that felt right for you. Or maybe you’re one of the millions who use birth control for non-contraceptive reasons, like alleviating symptoms associated with illnesses like endometriosis, fibroids, and PCOS.
No matter what birth control has made possible for you, it boils down to this: accessible birth control increases power and possibilities for women and men everywhere.
Unfortunately, not everyone has access to that power. Nearly 20 million women who are eligible for affordable birth control don’t live in areas with reasonable access to effective methods. And new birth control rules are making it easier for a woman’s employer to determine whether or not she gets birth control coverage without out-of-pocket costs, even though she pays her insurance premium.
Imagine for a second that you are this woman, and your employer has decided to opt out of birth control coverage. Without it, the IUD you were hoping to obtain could cost as much as $900 out-of-pocket. Your nearest clinic with affordable options is hours away. It would feel as if the odds were stacked against you.
Nearly 20 million women face these odds.
Together, we can advocate for the millions who still lack access. We can combat and expose contraceptive deserts, while providing reliable information about birth control to the women and men who need it most. We can make sure young people are armed with the resources they need to make the best decisions about their futures.
Birth control has changed the game for millions of women. Together, we can make sure that everyone gets to decide their own destiny.
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