Birth Control is more than just a way to be modern November 20, 2011
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It’s only been a month and yet, here we are, as voters sitting, twiddling our thumbs to see if yet another ridiculous bill catered to limiting woman’s control of her body, will pass through the House and Senate.
With the help of the Refusal Clause, Birth control without copays (which costs about $288 a year on average) could be further than we had ever hoped. This clause which was passed in order to exempt certain religious groups from offering “free” birth control has been marked by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or the Catholic Health Association (CHA) as not enough.
These bills are just a big “fuck you” to women who don’t want to have babies before they feel ready and the fact that no other aspects of birth control are being looked into is not only beyond stupid, but irresponsible.
Endocrine disruptors found in contraceptives are often damaging to entire ecosystems but instead of demanding that our pharmaceutical companies create something a little more functional, we’re busy trying to get rid of the product entirely.
Now if the product were Viagra, there would be a ridiculous amount of outrage from men who feel that although, nature has told them that they can no longer hold an erection, the ability to defy the odds with a magical blue pill far outweighs anything else.
The fact that women are continuously seen as reproductive machines is outrageous but what’s more outrageous are the risks we have to take if we don’t want to have babies.
Birth Control isn’t 100% safe in case you haven’t noticed.
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services on Women’s Health, using Birth control increases the odds of depression, heart attack, blood clots, weight gain, sore breasts and nausea. New studies from neurologists say the Progestin part of it may even impact our thinking but what’s worse is that we’re not the only ones suffering from the ridiculousness that is the pharmaceutical industry.
The simple excretion of these hormones from our bodies into the sewage systems and eventually the waterways isn’t enough to eliminate the endocrine-disruptors from the system and thus, causes extensive damage to the marine ecosystem.