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Governor Tim Kaine Introduces Legislation To Protect Women’s Access To Contraceptives
From the Official U.S. Senate Website of Senator Tim Kaine

From Vice Prez Candidate Governor Tim Kaine’s website - May 19 of this year

“Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act, legislation to ensure that any woman with a valid prescription is not denied or intimidated when requesting birth control or emergency contraception at pharmacies.

“No woman’s access to contraception should be denied at the pharmacy counter after she has made a decision with her doctor,” said Kaine.“I’m proud to sponsor this important piece of legislation that will defend the freedom of women’s health care choices.”  

The Access to Birth Control Act ensures women’s timely access to reproductive health care. It requires pharmacies to help a woman obtain her prescribed type of contraceptive. If the requested product is not in stock, it requires a pharmacy to order the prescription, refer the woman to another pharmacy or return the prescription – whichever scenario the woman chooses.

This bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Tammy Baldwin, Richard Blumenthal, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mazie K. Hirono, Edward J. Markey, Jeff Merkley, Robert Menendez, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Jeanne Shaheen, Sheldon Whitehouse and Ron Wyden.”

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We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for those of you over 18 to vote in the primaries. TODAY is Super Tuesday, which means registered voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia need to show up to the polls.

18 to 24 year olds represent 33% of the population, but only account of 7% of the voters. You think the government isn’t about you? How many of you have student loans to pay? How many have credit card debt? How many want clean air and clean water and civil liberties? How many want jobs? How many want kids? How many want their kids to go to good schools and walk on safe streets? Decisions are made by those who show up.

Who wants to have reproductive rights and control over their own body? Show up for your future, gurls. FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE HERE. 

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p.s. DO YOU WANT TRUMP AS PRESIDENT? WE DIDN’T THINK SO. GET TO THE POLLS. 

Colorado’s Push Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

“Our demographer came into my office with a chart and said, ‘Greta, look at this, we’ve never seen this before,’ ” said Greta Klingler, the family planning supervisor for the public health department. “The numbers were plummeting.”

An intrauterine device, which prevents pregnancy for several years, at a clinic in Walsenburg, Colo. A state program that provides long-acting birth control has contributed to a sharp decline in birth and abortion rates among teenagers. Credit \Benjamin Rasmussen for The New York Times                    

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The 23 Most Badass Feminist Moments Of 2015

This year, we saw so many powerful moments, from Viola Davis‘s amazing acceptance speech at the Emmys and the famous #AskHerMore hashtag to Emma Watson’s powerful interview with Malala about girls and feminism. We even saw how celebrities like Zendaya and Ariana Grande shut down some of the most sexist trolls on social media with the best feminist responses ever. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that feminism is making huge strides when it comes to inspiring young girls and women.

#‎WomenBetrayed‬ is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. Planned Parenthood has ALWAYS been for women. They sell baby parts? Okay, let me fill you in on a little information:
Some women, when they go in for an abortion (informational tidbit: only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions), will sign a release to give their aborted fetus/zygote to science for stem cell research. The mother is usually compensated in some way. The “parts” are not “sold,” but rather they have been willfully given by the donor. The pro-lifers here are just looking for something to complain about now.
Planned Parenthood also does screenings for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, they do regular check-ups, they have affordable birth control, they have hormones for women going through menopause or transgender women who need to transition.
If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood, my girlfriend wouldn’t have her hormones to aid in her transition. Not a lot of PPs do it, but luckily, one within two hours of us does it.
Planned Parenthood offers sex education for teenagers and young adults who might not get all the information they need through textbooks or whose parents might not answer their questions. It keeps them informed and out of the dark.
It’s affordable and accessible health care for those who need it, and people are constantly rallying against it and trying to defund it because of their own stupid agendas.

Go. Fuck. Yourselves.

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Let’s talk about birth control for a minute! It’s something that everyone has an opinion on, and it can be awkward to talk about, especially if you’re considering going on it for the first time. 

First of all: birth control isn’t just for those who are sexually active. Sure, that’s a reason that many women take it, but birth control also can help regulate problems ranging from extremely painful cramping to taming acne. 

Second of all: thanks to the push for women’s health rights: birth control is way easier to get than you think. In fact, it’s as easy as ordering it online and having it delivered straight to your door, thanks to websites like NURX

I recently signed up for NURX and the process took less than five minutes, and I am beyond happy with it. NURX manages to make what can be a ridiculously lengthy process absolutely hassle-free. They get rid of every possible roadblock women, especially younger ones, face when trying to get a birth control prescription and refills. 

Getting a prescription in your name on NURX is completely free, whereas when you get it directly from your gynecologist, you can end up paying hundreds of dollars just for an appointment where you are handed the prescription. You’re also sent 3 month supplies straight to your door, so there’s no worry of realizing your prescription has run out and then frantically calling your doctor and pharmacy to get a new prescription called in ASAP. It’s also great if you’re in college - no more worrying about running out while you’re away at school.

If you have insurance, NURX also takes care of filling out your claims, so you’re never stuck dealing with paperwork or paying out of pocket and getting your birth control is 100% free. If you don’t have insurance, NURX provides generic brands of every type of birth control that cost as little as $15 a month to make it as inexpensive and accessible as possible. 

As an added bonus, you also get a $25 dollar gift card to either amazon or itunes when you sign up for NURX via this link. 

Whether you’re a young women who feels uncomfortable talking to her parents about birth control but still wants to go on it, someone who suffers horrible PMS symptoms, or even just are too lazy and forgetful to go to the pharmacy on a regular basis (like me!), NURX is the answer to all your problems. They provide confidential medical advice and consultations if you need it, and work with you to find the perfect birth control match.

Periods suck, but going on the right birth control can make them suck a lot less. I know from experience. I used to become incapacitated every time I got my (very irregular period), and would spend a solid part of my cycle throwing up. When I went on the pill, this changed immediately, and my period became a thousand times easier to deal with. 

An added bonus is that NURX also provides access to emergency contraception like Plan-B, so even if accidents happen, you can order it with just a few clicks from the comfort of your own home. 

I found NURX through buzzfeed, and I highly recommend checking out NURX’s website, reading about the company, and seeing all the amazing press they’ve gotten. Making birth control easily accessible is so important, and it’s so great to see it finally happening. If you have any questions you can message me and I’m happy to talk about them! 

Also I feel obliged to say that I’m writing this purely because I think it’s such a great idea, and I’m in no way affiliated or working with NURX. I just think it’s fantastic that it’s now so easy to protect yourself!