Defend Women's Health!
Recognizing the benefit of removing barriers to access to contraception, the Department of Health and Human Services released a rule requiring insurance plans to provide no-cost birth control coverage. Some conservative groups have manufactured an uproar about this, claiming that it impinges on religious freedom to require insurance to offer contraception at no cost - despite the fact that churches and houses of worship may exempt themselves from the requirement. On top of that, many states have had similar requirements for several years without incident and the inclusion of contraceptive coverage in insurance plans has been widely required since the year 2000.
This rule does not requires anyone to use contraceptives and it does not require employers to endorse them. What it does is allows students at religious universities or employees of religiously-affiliated hospitals to exercise their own individual beliefs without the barrier of cost.
As the graphic to the right shows (courtesy of Doctors for America), 58% of women use contraception for reasons other than family planning. Allowing employers to impose their religious beliefs on their employees prevents women and physicians from exercising their individual right to make decisions based on medical reasons and their personal beliefs.
Sign the petition below to stand up for women's health and access to preventive care - don't let a small minority limit access for everyone!
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Why I'm signing this letter:|
|85||Wed Jun 13 14:12:53 EDT 2012||Jessica Stewart||Bellingham, WA|
|84||Thu May 17 01:18:13 EDT 2012||Sadith Velasquez||Turlock, CA|
|83||Wed Apr 11 13:18:25 EDT 2012||Katherine Teter||AZ|
|82||Sun Apr 01 10:39:15 EDT 2012||Hilary Rosenheim||Cleveland Heights, OH|
|81||Fri Mar 16 03:38:15 EDT 2012||Anonymous||PR|
|80||Sun Mar 11 18:50:55 EDT 2012||Elaine Jennison||WI|
|79||Tue Mar 06 20:01:24 EST 2012||Monica Dickerson||MD|
|78||Sat Mar 03 15:41:11 EST 2012||Christine Giordano||Mercerville, Nj, NJ|
|77||Mon Feb 27 21:51:50 EST 2012||Brian Hanlon||Charlestown, MA|
|76||Mon Feb 27 20:46:50 EST 2012||William Radecki||NY||All women should have the right to have preventive care. It should not be something debated, it should simply be acknowledged.|
|75||Sun Feb 26 11:35:02 EST 2012||Laura Reedy||Norristown, PA||I believe that all women should have access to affordable/no-cost birth control because an unwanted child raises issues not just for the mother, but for society as a whole. Women should have the right More....|
|74||Thu Feb 23 10:44:35 EST 2012||Erin Kane||FL|
|73||Wed Feb 22 02:36:26 EST 2012||Sarah Zorko||OH|
|72||Tue Feb 21 23:47:08 EST 2012||Ramkrishna Sharma||FL|
|71||Mon Feb 20 09:24:35 EST 2012||Anonymous||FL|
|70||Mon Feb 20 08:02:49 EST 2012||Melanie Humphrey||Crestview, FL|
|69||Sun Feb 19 15:00:17 EST 2012||Anonymous||FL|
|68||Sat Feb 18 23:02:46 EST 2012||Anonymous||FL|
|67||Sat Feb 18 16:06:24 EST 2012||Sarah Henkle||Chicago, IL||A woman's ability and right to make decisions about her health and health care should be her own, not her employer's, or her legislator's, nor her religion's.|
|66||Fri Feb 17 19:54:19 EST 2012||Anonymous||MN|
|65||Fri Feb 17 18:24:06 EST 2012||manuel torres||san sebastian, PR|
|64||Fri Feb 17 17:50:30 EST 2012||Alanna Gerard||Farmington, MN|
|63||Fri Feb 17 16:56:08 EST 2012||Hilary Mislan||NY||Because I believe that the decision to take contraceptives is one that a woman, her physician, and anyone else who she wants involved can make together. The notion that birth control is even controversial More....|
|62||Fri Feb 17 16:56:06 EST 2012||Hilary Mislan||NY||Because I believe that the decision to take contraceptives is one that a woman, her physician, and anyone else who she wants involved can make together. The notion that birth control is even controversial More....|
|61||Fri Feb 17 15:56:12 EST 2012||Jennifer Evans||Phoenix, AZ|