Auros (auros) wrote,

politics: emergency contraception

I'm actually not even bothering to send this one to my Rep, because I'm quite confident she'd already agree... But if you're in a swing or conservative district, bug your Rep. There are some conservative Ds and moderate Rs who can be swayed by being reminded that their constitutents are watching.

The Rs have recently spouted a good bit of rhetoric describing EC as a form of abortion, despite the fact that it basically just prevents an egg from being fertilizable. These people are not even trying, any more, to make the moral argument about how a fertilized egg is a person (which is an incoherent argument anyways, when you start thinking about issues like twinning). They just don't want anyone to have non-procreative sex, and they're willing to lie about the facts in order to get their way.

To: House Rep
Subject: Support education about, and access to, emergency contraception.

Dear (whoever),

I urge you to support measures that increase education about, and access to, Emergency Contraception, each and every time they are offered.

Emergency Contraception is an effective method for preventing unwanted pregnancies after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Congress must make sure that women and doctors are educated about the benefits of emergency contraception, and that it's available to women who have survived a sexual assault. Please vote YES on policies that expand women's access to this important option, including public education campaigns, direct access from pharmacists, and over-the-counter availability.

Increasing awareness of, and access to, EC is the single most promising avenue for reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion in the United States.

Thank you for your consideration.


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