Peer-to-peer marketing is nothing new, but Instagram has digitized, personalized and helped initiate conversations on a larger scale. It’s also become an increasingly popular place for new, convenient ways of accessing birth control to spread awareness.
One in four women will access an abortion over the course of their reproductive lives. Yet, Hyde intentionally deprives many of my patients from being able to afford this crucial type of healthcare.
Making birth control pills available over-the-counter would be a tremendous first step towards a future where all young people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to the care they need.
Until we learn to truly trust the people giving birth to know what’s best for themselves and their babies, we will continue to spend more healthcare dollars per person than any other country—while killing and traumatizing increasing numbers of parents with our ignorance.
Across the country, low-income and young women are facing increasing barriers to reproductive health care because of a gag rule recently imposed by Donald Trump’s administration on recipients of Title X.
People facing down medical sexism can’t overcome their career obstacles by “leaning in.”
At the border right now, there’s no solace for young teens who might know little about what’s happening to their bodies—yet have to summon the courage to tell a male guard and ask for pads, only to be denied or given too few to matter. Or have to manage their periods in over-crowded rooms where privacy is scant. And aren’t even able to shower or wash hands or scrub clean stained underwear.
Imagine this: A young person walks in to a health care provider’s office armed with the knowledge they need and deserve about their bodies, their sexual lives and their choices. They are empowered and knowledgeable. Their diverse lives and backgrounds are centered. And their experience isn’t exceptional—it’s typical.
Trump’s focus has been on making sure that underserved communities face even greater barriers to accessing the healthcare they need. Black women and all people of color will suffer the most. At this critical time when women’s health and rights are under unprecedented attack, we stand in support of Title X and Planned Parenthood.
Abortion bans place pregnant people seeking abortion under state control and require them to perform involuntary labor. This is a violation of the Thirteenth Amendment.