‘Thanks, Birth Control’ Day Wants To Remind Americans How Modern Contraception Has Changed The World
National sexual health organizations are marking Tuesday as the first annual “Thanks, Birth Control” Day, an opportunity for Americans to openly discuss the benefits of preventative health care. The two groups spearheading the effort, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Bedsider, are encouraging supporters to tweet their personal stories about how birth control has helped them in their own lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the development of modern contraception was one of the 10 most important public health achievements of the 20th century. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the country’s current politically-charged environment, in which Obamacare’s effort to expand access to affordable birth control has met considerable resistance and many public schools still aren’t allowed to teach kids anything about contraceptive methods. In the lead-up the the 2012 elections, much of the outrage over “War on Women” was fueled by the incredulity that the U.S. was still debating birth control at all, as if the nation had suddenly regressed several decades.
Bill Albert, the National Campaign’s chief program officer, notes that the nation has somehow “lost its way” when it comes to family planning.
“Unfortunately, many policymakers are way, way out of touch with the public,” Albert told ThinkProgress. “Many of them are cynically conflating abortion with birth control as if they are the same thing. We have an environment in which popular radio show hosts are free to say that college women who use contraception are sluts. And this is 2013! How far have we fallen? It’s really quite amazing.”
To read the full article, please click here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/12/2925901/birth-control-day/
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