Birth Control Should Be Accessible and Affordable For All

Birth Control Should Be Accessible and Affordable For All

It affects women, it affects you.

With Obama care being repealed, many women and men alike are concerned on how birth control will be acquired for those who can't afford it.

Upon scrolling down my Facebook and seeing different responses to this, I noticed a large group of people misunderstood what birth control is actually used for, so I'm here to put some of the misunderstandings and false information to rest.

Statement #1: If you do not want to get pregnant, use condoms or abstain from sex.

This is a statement someone would hear in a poorly taught high school sex ed class, and is simply not realistic. Condoms are less reliable than hormonal birth control. Some women simply do not want children. Some women fear high risk pregnancies and are more likely to miscarry and want to prevent that. Basically using the blanket solution of abstaining is telling those women that they should not be intimate with their partners, a huge component of a relationship, without worrying about becoming pregnant. Women should not live in fear that they will become pregnant if there are means to prevent it.

Statement #2 Birth control is only used to prevent pregnancies and I don't agree with that.

While a primary use of birth control is to prevent pregnancies, it it prescribed for far more reasons. Birth control is prescribed for:

Endometriosis, a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, and can result in damage to organs and loss of parts of the colon. This is extremely painful.

PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is a hormonal imbalance where women can have severe acne, issues with weight, extra hair growth, and irregular periods.

PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a condition that is a more severe form pf PMS, where the symptoms of PMS are so severe leading up to a period that they adversely affect the quality of life.

Birth control is prescribed for a multitude of reasons that have nothing to do with pregnancy.

Statement #3 I shouldn't pay for someone else's medication.

This medication affects half of the population, and also has a massive effect on society both in the long, and short run. This is a statement that I will explain in great detail next week when I write about the foster system and how it affects the crime and homelessness rate.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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