Stop Denying Women's Access to Birth Control: Please Help Us Make A Change!

Stop Denying Women's Access to Birth Control: Please Help Us Make A Change!

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Alexa Neumann started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Please sign our petition and share it with others. This is my letter to the Trump Administration. 

Dear Trump Administration:

Birth control should stay free and accessible for everyone under the Affordable Care Act. People should have free, accessible birth control because it lets women be in control of their lives, it improves people's health, and people in power shouldn’t be able to dictate birth control rights.  Many people need birth control for health reasons, and taking away free access to it could cause people health problems, since they aren’t able to get birth control.

Free and accessible birth control lets women be in control of their lives. For example, “commenters also noted how contraception has been pivotal for giving women the ability to control their lives and futures, including pursuing their educational and professional goals” (Center for Reproductive Rights, 2017). It is important for woman to be able to make these choices that will affect their future and career. Preventing women from getting access to birth control is making the woman powerless in their situation. In addition, a woman, “ reported how grateful she was to be able to take birth control to finish her doctoral degree without an unplanned pregnancy” (Center for Reproductive Rights, 2017). This shows how having the option of birth control let the woman be in control of her situation. Without the option of birth control, the woman may have not been able to get her doctoral degree that she had been working for. Similarly, Ashley Gray “started using birth control at age 15 to combat debilitating migraine headaches associated with her menstrual cycle that kept her from school for days at a time. This allowed her to focus on her education and attend college” (Center for Reproductive Rights, 2017). Ashley needed the birth control in order to be control of her education, which is so important. Many people argue that people can control their lives without using birth control by not getting pregnant in the first place. The problem with that is, people can’t control things like migraines and other health problems that birth control can help with. Women should be able to stay in control of their lives by always having accessible birth control as an option.

Having free, accessible birth control improves many people's health. An example of this is, “Women who have taken birth control have a 30% to 50% lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have never taken the pill.” (WebMD, 2018). This shows how the pill can prevent people from getting ovarian cancer which can be a life threatening cancer. We shouldn’t take away people’s access to birth control, when it gives them a lower risk of ovarian cancer, which can cause many health issues. Adding on, “There’s a reason birth control was included as preventive health care — a panel of doctors recommended it.  The nonpartisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that birth control be covered as women’s preventive care because it is fundamental to improving not only women’s health, but the health of their families as well. Medical research has demonstrated this fact for decades. Improved access to birth control is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality” (Planned Parenthood, 2019). This shows that birth control can improve many people’s health and it is important for everyone to be healthy. Everyone should be able to have access to it because it improves people’s health and will prevent people from health issues.

People in power should not be allowed to dictate women’s needs by taking away birth control rights. For instance, “insurance plans to cover it thanks to the health law… Insurance companies are flouting the law. Some bosses don’t want to cover it. And politicians are cutting critical birth control programs and trying to defund the clinics that provide birth control services to millions of Americans” (NWLC, no publishing date available). This shows how people still aren’t getting access to the birth control they need. The insurance companies should not be able to dictate whether people have birth control or not. Politicians shouldn’t be able to dictate women’s needs, so they shouldn’t be able to take away and defund clinics that give out birth control. An example of this is, The Trump Administration is defunding Planned Parenthood, which is an organization that provides birth control for many women. They shouldn’t be able to dictate whether women are able to get birth control because so many people need it. In addition, “Over one hundred cases have been filed challenging the rule as an infringement on religious liberty….While religious freedom gives us all the right to our beliefs, it doesn't give institutions or individuals the right to impose their beliefs on others or to discriminate” (ACLU, no publishing date available).  This shows how many people argue against it due to their religious beliefs.  However, the church and state should be separated and one's religious belief shouldn’t have an impact on people who need access to the free birth control. People should not be able to dictate women’s needs and take away birth control rights.

Many people need birth control for many reasons, so birth control should be free and accessible for everyone. It lets women be in control of their lives, it improves many people's health, and people in power shouldn’t be able to dictate birth control rights.                                      

No one should be able to take away the free birth control that is supposed to be accessible under the Affordable Care Act. Don’t take away people’s right to accessible birth control, such as defunding programs that provide birth control, and making laws against accesible birth control. Many people need this birth control, so please stop making laws that will prevent people from getting it!

Sincerely,

A student

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