Today, if you have insurance, you should now be able to get birth control without paying a co-pay.
This matters because giving women access to the means to control their fertility and decide when and whether to bear children has had a fundamental, radical impact on women’s equality.
I just made three donations to celebrate the day:
- $34 to the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Action Fund, a PAC. They support Texas candidates who work every day to improve access to healthcare for women in desperate need of basic preventive care.
- $34 to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. After all, without President Obama, no Affordable Care Act, a critical first step toward reforming healthcare in this country.
- $50 to Paul Sadler’s campaign for the United States Senate. I refuse to sit by and watch a regressive right-wing nutball become our state’s junior senator.
The $34 is how much I used to have to pay each month for the oral contraceptive pills I took. The $50 is because I figured Paul Sadler could use a little extra.
If you’ve ever had to pay a co-pay for birth control, or benefitted because someone you loved (or at least had sex with) did, I encourage you to donate to a collection of the politicians and political action committees that made this day possible.