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Elizabeth Banks: I Thank Birth Control Pills for My Son
Just over a year ago, my son Felix was born via gestational surrogacy. He came out of me nine months early and because of my broken belly, his babycake was baked in a wonderful angel’s oven and now — I can’t believe it — he’s a year old and walking. He has expanded my capacity for joy a thousand-fold.
His life would have been much harder to come by if not for the birth control pill. How’s that, you ask? Well, it’s a simple fact: The pill is used for many situations that have nothing to do with the prevention of pregnancy. The pill was prescribed to me when hormonally induced migraines kept me locked up in dark rooms for days at a time. It was prescribed to me to regulate insanely painful cramps every month — cramps so painful that I often vomited.
And here’s a little secret I am happy to blow the lid off of: The pill is often prescribed during the IVF (in vitro fertilization) process to help MAKE BABIES! That’s right, women dealing with infertility are often put on the pill to help regulate a cycle so that they might have a more successful IVF. The pill is used to manage ovarian cysts, endometriosis and other conditions too. Not to mention, it helps couples plan for wanted children.
Obviously, I’m not a doctor. I’m just a woman grateful for my necessary and very helpful medication. And I’m sure glad I don’t have to discuss any of these conditions, including infertility, with my employer.
A girlfriend and I recently wondered what would be more mortifying: having to tell her male employer she needed birth control to mitigate a heavy flow or just bleeding all over herself in the office?
So with that image in mind, I encourage all women — and the men in their lives — to protect access to birth control, and encourage our politicians to take women’s health issues out of the political process.
For more information, please visit the most comprehensive and willing advocates for women’s health in America: www.plannedparenthood.org.
It’s time for some online activism. Who’s with us? HELP US FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!
Kansas, the home of Dr. Tiller, is trying to pass some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the country with the bill, HB2598.
People have taken to FB and Twitter to let Governor Sam Brownback, a staunch no-exceptions-even-in-cases-of-rape anti-choicer, know that they are NOT happy about this. They are leaving messages asking questions about reproduction, giving statuses on their menstrual cycle, and making general inquiries about their bodies.
JOIN THIS FIGHT!
Brownback is scrubbing his FB page as quickly as he can but we can make that job nearly impossible.
Brownback’s Twitter: @GovSamBrownback. If you take the fight to Twitter, please use hashtag: #mybodyyourchoice so we can see all the responses (use that hashtag no matter which anti-choicer you are tweeting at, in fact).
You can also call Brownback’s office at 877-579-6757 or 785-296-3232.
COME ON, TUMBLR! SIGNAL BOOST!
Let’s do this!
Papers are refusing to run this week’s Doonsbury. It should be seen.
It’s good to know that there are newspapers that have carried it.
Like I said yesterday. I love Doonesbury. I love that they are not afraid to take on big topics. I was impressed with how they handled MST. That papers won’t run this is shameful.
They can run articles and editorials about the legislation, but a cartoon depicting the results is TOO MUCH.
Look, now we know who’s behind this genius FB post…
rameysaurus is the woman (Ramey Connelly) behind this awesome idea.
She is participating in National Network of Abortion Funds’ Bowl-a-thon. A link to her fundraising page is below.
Well done, rameysaurus. WELL DONE!Holy crap, this is practically going viral! If I can get a $10 donation from every person who “liked” or reblogged my snark, I will blow past my goal! The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides practical and financial support for abortion services in VA and our surrounding communities. Every amount helps. Donate here: http://bowlathon.nnaf.org/nnafbowl/participantpage.asp?uid=2679&fundid=714
How one Virginia woman is responding to her state legislators that voted in favor of VA’s forced ultrasound bill.
She posts this message on each one of their Facebook pages:
Hi Senator _____________! I just wanted to let you know, since you’re concerned with women’s health, that my period started today! Color looks good, flow not too heavy. Cramps are pretty manageable but don’t worry - I’ll make sure to let you know if that changes! Thanks again for caring so much about women and our bodies!
If legislators in your state or those representing you at the federal level have voted for anti-choice bills, this is a great way to *thank* them.