Little Miss Saving-the-World

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Birth Control is more than just a way to be modern November 20, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 8:33 pm

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.

According to an a research paper written by John E. Ehiri, Division of International Health and Martin Birley of IMPACT, “One of the most worrying examples of the effects of such pollutants on aquatic life in the UK was the identification around the coast, of a condition known as “imposex” in dog whelks, in which females acquire male characteristics that physically prevent them (the females) from laying eggs (Environment Agency, 1998).”
The question then becomes which has a greater impact, the drugs we’re using to prevent overpopulation or overpopulation itself?
While Ehiri and Birley are uncertain about the issue, it’s not too much to ask for both.
As women have developed over time, we’ve had to prove that our innate ability to reproduce is not our only function and by eliminating birth control, or access to birth control to those who need it the most, we’re essentially stepping back to the 1950’s where women were unhappy and in many ways powerless.
And while the era of “make me a sandwich” has managed to extend itself through the minds of ignorant boys and thankless spouses, the real difference between now and the 1950s is our power to think, our power to make decisions and our ability to say no.
Yet, without access to birth control which is healthy for both our environment and our bodies, the choices we have to make in terms of our reproductive health may actually hinder our ability to do anything else meaningful.
Blood clots, strokes and infertile fish make the issue of birth control more than just a woman’s problem but a human problem and it should be treated as such.