According to a recently widely publicized study, the vast majority of women use some type of artificial birth control. For most women that birth control is hormonally based birth control. Yet despite its wide-spread use Republican governors and representatives have been pushing legislation across this country that would make the most commonly used forms of birth control illegal or more difficult to obtain.
This is my plea to Republican women. We may not agree on fiscal policy or the size of government. We may not agree on states rights versus the role of the federal government. We may not agree on unions or labor rights in this country. We may not agree on the role of religious organizations in government. We may not have the same thoughts on foreign policy. We may not agree on gun control or funding for education. We may not have the same views on the environment or sustainable energy. We may not agree on how health care should be paid for and who should get it. We may not agree on entitlement programs or how we should pay down the national deficit and debt. We may have different feelings about corporate person-hood or regulation of the banking industry. We may not agree on the our current tax system. We may not share the same opinions on access to or the legality of abortion.
But nearly all of use birth control. And we like using birth control because we think it is important to decide how many children we want to have, if any at all. We like planning our families and spacing out our pregnancies. We like being able to have a healthy sexual relationship with our spouses or partners and not risk getting pregnant every time we have sex. We like being able to use birth control for therapeutic reasons such as heavy periods, Endometriosis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. We like to concentrate our families resources on the children we do have rather than spreading them out over so many. We aren’t all religious extremists and most of us see nothing morally wrong with using birth control. We don’t all look to someone like Michelle Duggar with her nineteen kids and a reality show and think she is living the dream.
So I implore you if you are a Republican woman and you want to keep birth control available for all women of child-bearing age including yourself, that you let your Republican representatives, senators and governors know you aren’t going to stand for this. Women in the democratic party are also fighting back, but those politicians know we wouldn’t vote for them anyway. As a republican you have more pull on this issue as those republican representatives really do need your vote. We don’t have to agree on every issue, but we are all women and we are indeed all in this fight together. No one can tell half of the adult population in a free society that they are going to limit our choices and get away with it. The political system in a democracy does not exist without citizens standing up and screaming for what they believe in. And we will not always agree, on a lot of topics, but we are all women. And our right to access and use birth control is something so near and dear to our daily lives that no political party or political agenda should threaten.