Posts tagged Contraception
Posts tagged Contraception
The current law states that birth control is covered under health insurance plans for women in Arizona for contraceptive purposes as well as health concerns. However, the new birth control bill, House Bill 2625, states that women who want their birth control pill to be covered by their insurance plans must verify its purpose to be solely for medical reasons and not to prevent pregnancy. The bill would grant employers to deny female employees the right to be covered based on religious beliefs.
The new bill was passed by Arizona’s House of Representatives in early March and was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday with a 6-2 vote. According to Arizona House Bill 2625, employers can refuse coverage for birth control for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes, forcing women to submit a claim to prove medical conditions which require treatment for birth control.
Funny that the bill doesn’t require men on Viagra to prove that they have a wife of childbearing age, or to prove they they are only using it for procreation.
This tells me that the bill isn’t about religion at all and is about controlling women’s sex lives and personal decisions.
A lot of people when they hear the terms “prochoice”, “reproductive rights” or even “reproductive justice” only think of abortion, but this view is myopic in my opinion. “Reproducing” encompasses many things which includes the right to choose to have children (or give birth and choose adoption), to choose to not have children right now, and to choose to never have children. Reproductive justice frameworks are holistic and look at reproductive rights with the whole person in mind. This means people also have the right to quality and comprehensive sex education, contraception, relevant medical care, the right to be sterilized and the right to not be forcibly sterilized, and a whole host of birthing choices as well (home/natural births, VBACs, the right to refuse c-sections, etc).
Not only that but reproductive rights activists are also concerned with advocating for the personhood/bodily integrity/and autonomy of pregnant people, advocating for reproductive health care as a human right, eradicating obstetric fistula and illegal/unsafe abortion in the developing world, lowering the incidence of teen pregnancy and STIs, lowering the mortality and morbidity rates of pregnant people, improving access to quality healthcare especially for people in poverty. The list goes on and on. Further, we must remember that race, class, disability status, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, etc all intersect and all have an effect on how we can or cannot utilize our reproductive rights, and therefore all of those issues must be addressed for reproductive justice to be successful in upholding the rights of all people not just those who are white, wealthy, able-bodied, straight, cis, male citizens.
So what does this have to do with trans* people?
Well, perhaps not everyone within the movement believes “prochoice” should be a holistic philosophy, but I for one, do. We concentrate on abortion rights because that’s the issue so often under attack, but to be actually “prochoice” is much more expansive than that. It’s about bodily integrity and the importance of keeping personal bodily decisions just that, personal. It’s about birthing choices as much as it is abortion. It’s about how the reproductive rights of different segments of society have been effected differently and what that means to all of us as a whole. Intersectionality matters because poc, poor people, disabled people, trans* people, people of various sexual orientations have been targeted differently and yet it’s all part of a larger system that denies those seen as the “other” the freedom to make basic choices in regards to how their bodies are viewed and how they are utilized. Therefore it’s important to remember that the sexist and cissexist system that seeks to control the sexuality, bodies, and reproduction of those it perceives to be women is the same system that actively targets the identities, bodies, reproduction, and sexualities of trans* people. Reproductive rights aren’t about abortion, they’re about the profound and fundamental right to bodily integrity.
So what is trans* repro justice?
It’s the radical notion that:
- Our bodies belong to us and our right to bodily integrity doesn’t dissipate when society becomes aware of our trans*ness.
- Our bodies and identities are valid, no matter how “uncommon” they may be.
- Language matters and so does inclusivity. When your rhetoric excludes us so do your actions, and that sometimes literally kills us.
- We don’t need to be pathologized or “explained” within a cissexist paradigm.
- You don’t need to understand us to respect us.
- Sex and gender are not neat binaries.
- We deserve to have our needs met and our boundaries respected just as much as anyone else.
- Medical care should be easily accessible to every one that needs and wants it.
- Parenthood and reproduction are basic human rights and no person should be sterilized without their consent or knowledge. In the other direction, all people that seek sterilization should be able to do so without jumping through hoops for paternalistic doctors.
- All of us have the right to information about our bodies, that doesn’t exclude or denigrate our identities or misgender us, to ensure we can maintain our health.
- All of us have a right to maintain our humanity, dignity, and health. This doesn’t change with citizen status or prisoner status.
- Intersectionality is important. Trans* activism must be cognizant of it, and willing to acknowledge the power hierarchies and systems of privilege within our own community.
- We all have the right to control our fertility how we see fit (whether through pregnancy, adoption, single parenthood, harvesting eggs, sperm banking, etc), and those services should be accessible and affordable.
- We are perfectly capable of being wonderful parents and raising amazing, well-adjusted children.
- Men can and do give birth. Not all those that give birth are mothers.
- Women can and do impregnate people. Not all those that impregnate are fathers.
- “Mothers” and “fathers” aren’t the only type of parents that exist.
- We have a right to obtain government issued identification documents that acknowledge our identities (even nonbinary ones!) without having to undergo costly surgery we may not even want.
- We shouldn’t have to conform to a coercive, gendered script for the comfort of cis people nor should we be expected to live or perform a typical trans* narrative to be taken seriously.
- We should be able to use public restrooms without being attacked, mocked, or arrested.
- Our identities and bodies shouldn’t be caricatured for the amusement of society.
- We are people. We are valid. We are here to stay.This is a work in progress. Any additions are welcome!
Reblogging here so more people will see this and also to plug my new trans*-centered repro justice blog.
PAGANS! Bow down before the one true GOD!
Have you participated yet? Plenty of people have. In the video above, Rachel Maddow discusses multiple politicians whose Facebook pages have been inundated with sarcastic comments from constituents and concerned citizens regarding anti-choice legislation.
Let’s keep it up. We at RHRC are focusing on Utah and Kansas but this message works with any politician who is anti-choice. If you write them on Twitter, please use the hashtag: #mybodyyourchoice.
Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert, currently has ON HIS DESK RIGHT NOW the legislation that will change Utah’s 24hr mandatory waiting period between appointment and abortion to 72 hours.
We need him to VETO it.
PHONE #s: 801-538-1000 and 800-705-2464
Mandatory waiting period laws serve no other purpose than to shame people wanting an abortion.
In case you don’t know WHY we are targeting Brownback and Kansas, Kari Ann Rinker’s piece at RH Reality Check has the details. The bill includes
- cutting off medical training for doctors (which may cause the KU Medical School to lose accreditation)
- outlawing Planned Parenthood employees from volunteering at schools
- allows physicians to lie to their patients about pregnancy complications
- forces doctors to lie to patients about anti-scientific and untrue risks with abortion
- and creates a new state income tax on any expense related to abortion.
You can also call Brownback’s office at 877-579-6757 or 785-296-3232.
I really enjoy trolling as activism.
A post from “Beantown Mom” on Daily Kos, discussing the damage that hateful rhetoric from the likes of Rush Limbaugh can do.
Girl Scout troop leader Kim Douglas • Discussing a recent situation her 10-year-old daughter faced when going door-to-door to sell cookies. Douglas’ daughter, by the way, didn’t know what abortion was. “It left my daughter very shocked, confused,” Douglas said. “She said, ‘Mommy, something creepy happened to me.’” By the way: The Girl Scouts, which have faced much culture war heat of late (including this guy we posted about Monday), take no position on abortion or contraception, so the woman was incorrect. (via shortformblog)
I hate the world, I really do. Politicians with their “small amount of web-based research” peddle nonsense like this and people eat it up without ever fact checking it. It’s ridiculous how we let them get away with outright lying and there’s never any consequences. Now we have a country full of people who cannot think critically for themselves :/
See if someone said something horrible like that to my niece or my friend’s daughter I would just ream them a new one. I’m the least confrontational person I know but I could not let shit like that fly within earshot of me. That is a fucked up fucking thing to say to a kid. If you don’t want to support the Girl Scouts for moral reasons or whatever, fine, but don’t be a fucking asshole. Just say: ”No thank you, I’m not interested in buying your cookies.” That is what POLITE HUMAN BEINGS DO.
This is just anti-choice fucking scumbags showing their true colors, so I’m not surprised this happened. I am of course fucking disgusted. As usual.
This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women and minorities from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administration’s rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.
Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”
And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. But the California congressman insisted that the hearing should focus on the rules’ alleged infringement on “religious liberty,” not contraception coverage, and denied the request. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision, citing frustration over the fact that the first panel of witnesses consisted only of male religious leaders against the rule. Holmes Norton said she will not return, calling Issa’s chairmanship an “autocratic regime.”
See a video compilation of the exchange at the link.
I’ve bolded the part I thought needed the most attention.
You know what that statement says? That says that women shouldn’t be allowed to talk ever, the men are being important and making important decisions, so the women should shut up and just take it.
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH THESE PEOPLE TALK ABUOT IT BEING A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/RIGHTS MATTER, THAT’S BULLSHIT - BECAUSE GUESS THE FUCK WHAT? IT IS A CONTRACEPTIVE, REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL AUTONOMY MATTER.
THE EMPLOYEES WHO HAPPEN TO HAVE WOMBS ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THIS DECISION. THE EMPLOYEES WHO HAPPEN TO BE ABLE TO GET PREGNANT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS.
AND LOOK WHO’S ON THIS PANEL. OLD, WHITE, CIS-MEN OF A RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVE BENT.
TELL ME THESE OLD, WHITE, CONSERVATIVE, RELIGIOUS CIS-MEN AREN’T JUST SCARED OF WOMEN HAVING CONTROL OF THEIR OWN BODIES.
GO ON. TELL ME THAT. WITH A STRAIGHT FACE AND NO SNIGGERING.
Fuck the Republicans.
Sometimes I am so grateful to be British. I get to actually have control over my womb here.