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Support the Birth Control Matters Campaign For Contraception With No Co-Pays

Birth Control Matters is an effort to make birth control available with no copays so that all women can use the method that works best for them and to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.

Affordable prescription birth control is an essential part of health care for millions of women. The average woman spends 30 years of her life trying to avoid getting pregnant. More than one-third of women voters in America have struggled with the cost of prescription birth control at some point in their lives, and, as a result, have used birth control inconsistently.

No copays for birth control is the single most important step we can take to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.

The new health care reform law represents the single biggest opportunity to advance women’s health in 45 years. 

To make this opportunity a reality, the law must require health plans to provide prescription birth control to women with no copays, as part of the prevention provision. 

This would be a huge step forward for America – and especially for the many of women in this nation who cannot afford to pay for prescription contraception.

Please read the entire release from Planned Parenthood and find ways to donate and spread the word.

(Posted at Women Undefined)

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The Divorce Pill: Birth Control Effects Your Doctor Doesn’t Know

When Karen decided to go off the pill, her relationship wasn’t going well. She had a husband whose depression hung heavy, dampening the air. Karen began noticing a putrid smell, emanating from her husband. “I couldn’t stand to be close to him because he smelled so bad, it wasn’t what we call body odor, it smelled like a soured clothes…so naturally that is what I thought it was.”

But after digging through his laundry, she had a dizzying realization… the smell suffocating her space was her husband.

Karen could no longer muster a simple attraction. Warmth began to dissipate. A divorce ensued. Later, stumbling across research about pheromones and birth control, it clicked.

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Under the Influence of Ovulation or Getting an IUD

When I was in high-school I took free samples of the pill. And I made sure I took one everyday. I had a friend who never seemed able to remember hers. She’d leave a whole weeks worth in the pack then spend hours throwing up, after taking them all at once. When college hit, I began to empathize with that old friend. I couldn’t even remember where I put my birth control pills, much less if I had taken them recently.

I think that in finding the right method of birth control, a set of my own core-life principles should be applied: examine, find what is right for you and be an advocate for yourself. When asked about their principles, most people are pretty clear about what they believe. But when it comes to applying these principles in real life situations, it often becomes more difficult.

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Support campaign & open letter for the EU abortion rights

The European Women’s Lobby, together with its member organisations from Belgium (Belgium coordination of the EWL), Cyprus (Cyprus Women’s Lobby), Poland (Polish Women’s Lobby) and Ireland (National Women’s Council of Ireland) actively supports a Belgian campaign aiming at promoting the right to abort for all women in Europe.

The initiators of this campaign are a platform of civil society organizations from Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland and Poland, which joined forces to lead a campaign on the right to abort for all women in Europe and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Belgian law decriminalizing abortion.

Read the flyer presenting the campaign ( front   / back ), which has been disseminated in Brussels and Wallonie in March 2010.  The platform has delivered an open letter and is calling on national and European organisations and politicians to support it by signing it by 30 March. The open letter with all its signatories will then be sent to the European states which do not recognise the right for women to abort and to the European Union.  Please read it below (in French and English).

Please send the name of your organisation or your name as national or European politician to the following email address to be part of the supporters of the open letter:, by March 30.

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Back Up Your Birth Control!

Today is the 9th annual Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action! It's a day to raise awareness about emergency contraception and take action to make sure that everyone has access to EC when they need it.

EC has been in the news a bunch of times since the last day of action, and of course each time the story has been followed by a flood of conservative spin and misinformation. Last spring the FDA announced that 17 year olds would be allowed to buy EC over the counter. The spin was that this would just encourage teenagers to "act carelessly with an easy way out". Some stories came out recently about a new type of EC called ellaOne that's now available in Europe. The spin, of course, was that "more casual sex and more unintended pregnancy will inevitably be the result". The Department of Defense recently announced that they're going to make Plan B available in their hospitals and clinics, which means that women serving in our military will finally have access to EC. The spin: "Women serving in the military deserve to know the truth about their medications. Because this can be the difference between preventing and destroying life, a requirement to carry this drug could violate the conscience rights of military personnel who have moral objections."

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Healthcare Should Include Abortion Access, Women Say

By Armin Rosen

NEW YORK, Mar1, 2010 (IPS) - Last fall, the push to reform healthcare in the United States was all but hijacked by one of the country's most passionate recurring cultural debates.

On Nov. 7, 2009, Congressmen Bart Stupak, a liberal Democrat, and Joseph Pitts, a conservative Republican, sponsored a stipulation in the healthcare reform bill that would severely limit federal funding for abortions in a reformed healthcare system.

If Barack Obama's comprehensive reform bill were passed, consumers would be able to buy discounted health insurance from an index of government-subsidised providers. But under the Stupak-Pitts amendment, an insurer could only be included on the index if its plans excluded abortions from its coverage.

The amendment passed, 240-194, and the debate over health care reform turned into a debate over abortion rights. Suddenly, a vote for reforming health care was also a vote for curtailing lower and middle-income access to abortions in the United States.

Wendy Chavkin, a professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, is a member of a group of academics that authored a position paper on the place of reproductive health in the healthcare reform process.

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What of the female condom?

JOHANNESBURG, 10 September 2009 (PlusNews) -

If you haven't seen a female condom lately, you're not alone. More than 15 years after the only female-controlled method to prevent HIV was introduced, it is still largely marginalized and inaccessible.

IRIN/PlusNews has compiled a list illustrating female condom distribution in Southern African countries.


The government distributed over 370,000 female condoms free of charge in 2008, mainly through its health facilities. The condoms can also be purchased from stores and pharmacies for about US$2.80 each.


The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare distributed about 110,000 female condoms by September 2009.

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Speaking of Sex (Podcast): Preventing Pregnancy

Speaking of Sex has been running some quality podcasts for a while now.  They asked me today, to post their latest series here: Preventing Pregnancy

It is in two parts, video and audio.  Please visit their site.  I have already invited them to cross-post here at any time.


Preventing Pregnancy
Show #48 posted on March 18, 2009

Preventing a pregnancy is too important to be left to chance. Hormonal birth control comes in a variety of methods that are easy to use and more than 99% effective. Watch our video to learn why we think hormonal contraception is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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 Preventing Pregnancy: Continuing the Conversation
Show #49 posted on July 01, 2009

Our audio follow-up delves deeper into the issue of hormonal birth control. A Planned Parenthood educator offers information for women curious about methods. A New York artist discusses how he uses birth control pills to make a fashion statement and a statement about family planning. And we share new information about a recent study on male birth control.

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