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What the House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Means for Planned Parenthood

Congress Is a Step Closer to Repealing the Affordable Care Act and ‘Defunding’ Planned Parenthood. Here’s What the Bill Actually Does, and How to Fight Back.

On May 4, the U.S. House voted to pass the worst bill for women’s health in a generation: the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill not only seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking Medicaid patients from care at its health centers. 

As the bill heads to the Senate, here’s what it actually does — and what it doesn’t do.

What Thursday’s Vote Did NOT Do

  • It didn’t become law.
    The ACA repeal bill passed the House by a narrow margin, and now it faces an uphill battle in the Senate. We can expect more changes to the bill that will impact women’s health.
  • It didn’t close Planned Parenthood.
    All Planned Parenthood health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done: getting up in the morning; opening the health center doors; and providing high-quality, affordable health care to all people who need it. That includes patients who rely on Medicaid coverage.
  • It didn’t cancel your insurance.
    The benefits of the ACA are still here for you, even if you’re 26 or younger and on your parents’ plan. In fact, the majority of people can still purchase a plan for $75 or less. If you have health care coverage, it is still in effect until there is an actual change in the law, which takes time. So, make your medical appointments, and get the care you deserve and are entitled to under the law.

What the AHCA Threatens to Do to Women’s Health

In particular, the AHCA would:

  • Take away health coverage for 24 million people

  • “Defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking people who rely on Medicaid from accessing preventive care at its health centers — including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment

  • Reduce access to no-cost preventive services, including birth control

  • End protections that keep insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions unaffordable rates — allowing insurance companies to once again charge people tens of thousands of dollars a month because they had cancer

  • Impose a nationwide ban on private insurance coverage of abortion

  • Undermine Essential Health Benefits — including maternity coverage and prescription drugs, which disproportionately affect women.

  • Gut the Medicaid program, which approximately 1 in 4 women of reproductive age rely on to access no-cost, critical reproductive health care (such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and maternity care)

4 Ways to Fight Back Now

Infuriated? You’re not alone. Here are the top three ways to stand up for health care and stand with Planned Parenthood right now.

#1: Call Your Senators
This is the most important way to take action right now. Use our easy online form to call your U.S. senators. We’ll give you a script so you can tell them to protect health care and stand with Planned Parenthood.

#2: Tag Your Senators on Facebook
Do you notice when somebody tags you on Facebook? Chances are,  your answer is “yes” — and that goes for your senators, too. Our simple form automatically tags your senators and gives you time to edit the post.

#3: Tweet at Your Senators
If you have Twitter, take a moment to tweet at your senators. Our easy-to-use form automatically finds your senators’ handles. It also gives you a sample tweet if you don’t want to write your own.

#4: Tweet at Reps who Voted Against Women’s Health
Click on the link above and scroll own for our list of representatives who voted in favor of this dangerous bill. If you see your House member, tell them you will not forget that they stripped access to care — and will not forgive.


  • GOP: We think that abortion is the worst thing you can do and want to stop it at all costs.
  • GOP: So we are going to limit your access to birth control, then we're going to close the clinics down that provide cheap/free birth control-related services, THEN we're going to make it so your insurance no longer covers birth control. And while we're at it, let's have some abstinence-only sex education. That should put an end to all that abortion that we hate so much.
  • Other anti-choicers: BRILLIANT! Make 100% total sense to me.
How much does birth control cost without insurance?

Someone asked us:

Say I want to get birth control& without insurance how much would it cost?

It’s great that you’re thinking about taking care of your health and using birth control. Cost really depends on the state you live in and the type of birth control that you want to use.  If you’re interested in a particular method, you can check out our website for a price range.

A lot of Planned Parenthood health centers offer a variety of birth control methods for free or at a low cost. Some even offer payment plans or sliding scale payments depending on your income. Talk to your local Planned Parenthood health center about their cost and insurance policies. They’ll help you out as best as they can.

If you don’t have insurance, you can talk to your local health center about state programs that allow you to sign up for family planning insurance. You can also see if you qualify for Medicaid.

The bottom line is this: With or without insurance, you can always come to us for the care you need, when you need it.

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood

“Both candidates were terrible!”

Um…

1. Clinton wanted to actually improve the ACA, not dismantle it and replace it with a god awful bill

2. Clinton was going to fight for woman’s reproductive rights (so top tier birth control wouldn’t cost $1200, I AM NOT EXAGGERATING THE PRICE)

3. Clinton wouldn’t have made “postpartum depression” a “preexisting condition”

4. Clinton wouldn’t have allowed churches to donate to political campaigns, thus destroying an older amendment and the belief and church and state should be separate be shattered

5. Clinton knows, first hand (with her husband having been president) that being president is NOT an easy job

6. She wouldn’t have tried to get rid of the arts programs, “meals on wheels” (The veteran program that feeds veterans), or other extremely beneficial programs the government uses

Among the many other numerous things that shows Clinton was a MUCH MORE COMPETENT person for presidency than trump EVERY WAS

washingtonpost.com
Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health care.
The real reasons people suffer poverty don't reflect well on the United States.

Since the invention of the mythic welfare queen in the 1960s, this has been the story we most reliably tell about why people are poor. Never mind that research from across the social sciences shows us, over and again, that it’s a lie. Never mind low wages or lack of jobs, the poor quality of too many schools, the dearth of marriageable males in poor black communities (thanks to a racialized criminal justice system and ongoing discrimination in the labor market), or the high cost of birth control and day care. Never mind the fact that the largest group of poor people in the United States are children. Never mind the grim reality that most American adults who are poor are not poor from lack of effort but despite it.

I’m going to smack some facts into you about birth control

1. Top tier birth control (as in, less than 1/1000 chance of being pregnant in a year with said birth control) can EASILY cost $1000+ in the USA without health insurance. The first time I got my nexplanon (which was right before the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, aka the ACA) cost me $600 out of pocket and my insurance paid $1200. Whenever it was time to renew it (it only lasts 3 years), it was when the ACA was put into place, I got it FREE because I had changed health insurances since then.

1b. I tried a few different things before settling on the nexplanon. I LOVED the patch (slap on a patch for 3 weeks, break for one, get a new packet of patches), but it cost me $110 PER MONTH (and you needed to buy a new pack every month), so this was just too expensive for me at the time!

2. Birth control, under all circumstances, does NOT cause abortions (even emergency contraception). If the sperm has touched egg, NOTHING HAPPENS. Nothing, at all! Plan B/the morning after pill DOES NOT CAUSE ABORTION! 

3. Birth control helps a LOT of things besides preventing pregnancies. It can help manage super bad menstrual cycle symptoms (as well as PMS symptoms), for example.

4. No, birth control does NOT raise your risk of breast cancer.

5. Studies have PROVEN without a shadow of a doubt, that when young women have access to affordable birth control, their likelihood of getting pregnant PLUMMETS as well as abortion rates. 

6. Nothing is 100% possible for preventing pregnancy, besides not having sex. You can use condoms, birth control, spermicide (which, raises your risks of STIs/STDs by the way, because it makes your vagina’s inners not as tough, basically), and the morning after pill and it still not be 100% effective.

7. None of your money in America EVER went to ‘help fund abortions’. Look at the Hyde amendment. This prevents tax money (yes, YOUR tax money) from funding abortions.

anonymous asked:

Would you have an issue with PP if they didn't do abortions? Not that that isn't a big deal, I don't mean to sound dismissive. Like there are some clinics near me that offer low cost/free reproductive care (mamograms, IUDs, hormones for trans people, hormonal birth control ect.) but don't offer abortion. Or is your issue with all birth control and not just abortion? (This isn't meant as a "gotcha" I'm honestly curious)

I think PP needs to be shut down because abortion is a barbaric practice that results in someone dying.

When it comes to the matter of birth control, here’s my deal: I don’t like it. I hate what it does to our culture and would be perfectly happy if everyone stopped using it, or if it quit becoming available.

That being said, I don’t mind non-abortion clinics for such things as vigorously because while birth control is hardly good, it doesn’t kill someone. There’s no legal reason to say they can’t exist, so I won’t touch them. They do provide a host of other good services as you mentioned, which is another reason I don’t mind them as much.

In short, I don’t like how birth control is considered a “medical need” now, but I’m not out to shut down clinics that offer it. I’d be happy if they quit providing it. I will actively seek to educate people on why it’s bad. But I won’t actively seek to close such clinics.

time.com
Access to Most Effective Birth Control Could Save $12 Billion a Year: Study
In recent decades the U.S. has seen a drop in the rate of unintended pregnancies, thanks in part to women using more effective and long-acting…
By Alexandra Sifferlin

“The Child Trends researchers used those findings to simulate what would happen if all American women had the same access to highly effective contraceptives. They found if women used the most effective forms of contraception there would be a 64% drop in unintended pregnancies, a 63% drop in unintended births, a 67% drops in abortions, and a savings of $12 billion a year in public health care costs.”

so since donald trump might totally fuck up women’s access to birth control, may i recommend the iud

the iud is like a t shaped device that they put up in your uterus they have strings attached to them that you can feel if you stick your fingers up in your vagina, they kind of feel like fishing lines. but theres a hormonal one and a copper one, with no hormones. i’m on the copper iud bc i have bipolar disorder and cant do hormonal birth control of any kind. and basically what the copper iud does is that, it kills sperm. so if you were to get pregnant on the iud, the iud literally terminates the pregnancy bc copper stops egg fertilization and implantation. and it lasts longer, mine is gonna last me 12 years!

the hormonal iud just thickens up your cervical mucus and makes it harder for sperm to get up in there. hormonal iuds typically last 3-5 years but sometimes longer, it depends on where you go. and i think they stop you from ovulating in some cases. and they do make your cycle lighter and and sometimes they can make them light and infrequent the longer you have it in. 

in the first month, avoid using tampons as it could pull the iud out. also check your strings regularly at first to make sure its in the correct place. theres a small risk of it falling out/puncturing your uterus within the first couple of months, but it’s rare. it occurs in one in 20 people. expulsion is most common if you normally have really bad cramps, a heavy flow, have recently given birth or gotten an abortion, and people who have not had babies yet. 

but basically its the most effective form of birth control out there with i think like a 99.8% success rate and its super easy to get, just go to planned parenthood and they’ll do it there

 sometimes it can affect your flow, making it heavier and more painful cramps, that happens with the copper iud. but i have experienced none of that. in fact, it’s completely regulated my cycle and my bleeding is WAY less than usual cause i used to have really bad bleeding before i got on birth control and bad cramps, and tbh the iud helped with that shit. but i really recommend the copper iud bc no hormones. and like i said, if you DO get pregnant on the iud the copper in the iud is lethal to sperm and prevents the pregnancy from even happening. 

but just go to planned parenthood or your doc and see what you can do about getting on one, like i said, mine’s gonna last me 12 years.  and mine cost nothing bc i got funding from the state

the insertion itself tho, is super painful. some of the most intense and painful experiences i’ve ever had, but it takes all of about 5 minutes. and make sure you go to a gyno or your doctor once a year to get your strings checked and to make sure that it’s still in place. there is a slight risk of it puncturing your uterine wall but like i said it is rare

if anyone’s got any more questions, feel free to direct them my way! i love my iud and it’s helped me quite a bit!

EDIT: I forgot to mention they are VERY expensive, sometimes $300-$500 but most of the time you can get funds from the state that will provide it for you for free or at a reduced cost! also check with your insurance provider!

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NWLC on Twitter
“No matter where you work, go to school, or live – everyone deserves access to birth control. RT if you agree! #HandsOffMyBC”

The National Women’s Law Center have organized a twitter storm rallying around protecting access to birth control. Check out the #HandsOffMyBC tag - so much educational information and resources for those who want to join in.

(though, let’s remember that women are not the only people who need their access to birth control protected at all costs)

so you want Viagra?

It’s hard to be a 16 year old girl in America. We face a lot of problems just from the fact that we’re teenagers. But we also face societal pressures and institutionalized sexism that seep into every aspect of our lives, including our health. Besides the fact that society has shamed girls for interacting with any even remotely sexual topics, the American society and culture has placed mens sexual pleasure and health over women’s reproductive and general health by making birth control and other reproductive health amenities difficult to access. This institutionalized sexism is what leads to things like teen pregnancy, high abortion rates, and lack of treatment for medical conditions (including ovarian cancer). However, things like access to Viagra or vasectomies are still easily accessed by men.

In order to obtain Viagra legally, there are a couple of different choices. The first, and most common, is to receive a prescription from a doctor, online or in person, then pick it up at a pharmacy. Assuming the man in question receives a prescription, there is a large chance that the medication will be covered by his insurance. If a man decides he doesn’t want to have a child, or he wants to improve his sex life, he can do so easily at little cost.

Birth control, however, is different. Under the Affordable Care Act, most companies are required to cover birth control. However, if a woman is not covered by the ACA, she has to pay out of pocket, and has to have a prescription. This means any woman in a situation where she cannot access a doctor for a prescription cannot access contraceptives.The big difference here is that Viagra is a pill to treat erectile dysfunction. The purpose of the “little blue pill” is to help aid sexual pleasure for men. Viagra does not treat a medical condition that disables a man or is detrimental to his performance day-to-day. Birth control, however, can be used as a contraceptive, or as a treatment for medical conditions ranging from ovarian cysts to cancer.

It’s important for women to have easy access to birth control. It’s important for women to have easy access to medication that helps them control their lives outside of the bedroom. Teen girls should have the comfort and safety of knowing they have options for their reproductive health. Birth control helps women be fully prepared for pregnancy when they want to become pregnant, and also provides health benefits. While condoms are available in drug stores, and even most public bathrooms, birth control still remains out of reach of many women. Our society should not prioritize men or erections over women’s health.

Aunt Flow, TOM, Shark Week, Period.

I’ve got a story for y’all. So I’ve been using the birth control Nexplinon for the last three years, which has been a real life saver for me since I used to have really bad cramps with my periods— like, just lay on the ground for hours, head ach inducing, possibly might lead to vomiting type of cramps. For all thoes 3 years I didn’t have a period, which after insurance covering most of the cost really saved me money too. Last month I got it out, and because I had a little insurance fiasco my appointment to get another in was pushed back for a month.

And I just got my period.

Without being used to this every month it was never on my mind a whole lot. Now, with all my cramping and just the over all weariness I’m experiencing, I can’t help but want to complain about it in public, on social media, just generally.

Only people with periods don’t get to do that!

And I hate it so much! This is something that affects about half of the worlds population and the only period discord allowed in most spaces are hushed innuendos to other women. I feel like it might be part of the problem of why a sh*t ton of men DONT UNDERSTAND HOW PERIODS WORK!

Yeah, in America, we don’t have great personal health classes, but, on top of that, there is no conversation around periods that include the typical cis male. And we’ve socially ingrained that it is something gross and disgusting to talk about. So, we don’t.

Like everything, there are a few outliers to this, some period having folk that are comfortable sharing the nature of their bleeding and just bemoaning the fact of its arrival, but most of us period havers don’t get that luxury.

I know that one text post wont solve all the period inequality– like, don’t even get me started on the cost of sanitary products and how they must stay hidden at all costs–  but this has been on my mind for awhile.

Suffering in silence for the benefit of squeamish cis men in power is ridiculous and can we please not do that any more? We need good legislation around the cost and access to birth control and around getting tampons and pads put into needs and not luxury products for low income people.

TL:DR: All Period havers should be able to freely talk about/ normalize periods and having them, because no, period havers can’t physically stop their bodies from having periods.

I am so fucking glad to live in a country with universal healthcare!!!

Prescription costs (with a concession card): $6 monthly for one tablet, $24 per year for my birth control

My doctor visits only cost me $8-9 dollars out of pocket once I reach my Medicare ceiling limit each year (and it’s 16-25 dollars before that)

So many doctors can or will bulk bill you so it’s free on my end, including optometrists so I only have to pay for new lenses

Australia’s healthcare system isn’t 100% perfect so I’m so happy to be able to cover my medical costs on our version of minimum wage

Win for women’s health! Insurance companies have been breaking the law and failing to give women the no-cost birth control that they deserve. We fought back and the Department of Health and Human Services – which helps enforce the health care law – made it absolutely clear that all women’s FDA-approved birth control methods must be covered. Take that, insurance companies!

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Planned Parenthood often offers help navigating healthcare insurance stuff. They also offer T and will see people regardless of insurance status. It might not hurt to call them and find out if they can help you in any way.

I am so, so thankful for planned parenthood. I’ve actually used their services already to get birth control, but they aren’t free unfortunately. It costs 60 bucks to be seen by a doctor, and while that is absolutely miles below what I’d pay at a regular hospital, it’s still too much for me. 

Myth or fact

Emergency contraception pills will mess up your fertility if you take them too many times.

Myth! Actually, there’s no proof that ECPs affect future fertility. The greatest risk with using ECPs is simply that they are much less effective than other forms of contraception, like the pill, patch, IUD, condoms, etc. So without fear of future infertility, if you find you take ECPs quite frequently, considering other forms of contraception might be more effective and cost efficient.

Kaitlin, Masakhane Sex Educator