Other people are going to have smarter things to say about this, but with Kennedy’s resignation from the SCOTUS, Roe v. Wade will be under attack. I don’t know if that attack will succeed, but it can’t possibly hurt to learn more about how to protect yourself against unplanned pregnancy anyway.
If you are a woman in the USA who can become pregnant, and you don’t want to, then procure reliable birth control while you can, as soon as you can. Almost everyone is aware of the Pill, so here are some alternatives, several of which last longer and are just as reliable (if not more so).
This list will not include birth control methods that rely on the cooperation of a partner and/or the ability to plan ahead for an encounter, such as condoms, diaphragms, the withdrawal method, abstinence, etc. These are contraceptives designed to prevent pregnancy even in the worst circumstances in which consent is lacking–or if, hey, you feel like having sex right now and no condoms are in sight.
Many of these are also useful for women who don’t want their SOs or families to know they’re on birth control and can’t risk the discovery of Pill packs, diaphragms, etc.
All links are courtesy of Planned Parenthood.
“I want a method of birth control that will last for at least three years.”
Check out IUDs and implants.
“I want birth control that I don’t have to worry about taking every single day.”
Check out injections. If getting caught with birth control isn’t a worry, also look into patches and the birth control ring.
“I want reliable birth control that isn’t hormone-based.”
Check out copper IUDs.
“I don’t want children, and I never will.”
If you are dead-ass sure of this, check out tubal ligation.
Unfortunately, I don’t know much about how to procure low cost or free access to these methods–I am very fortunate and have access to them through my regular health care provider. However, Planned Parenthood is a great resource, and I encourage anyone who wants to reblog this with accurate, verifiable information about low cost/free access to do so.
No, these methods are not 100% foolproof (save perhaps tubal ligation), but they’re pretty darn good, and don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good. If you can get pregnant and you don’t want to, don’t rely on the Supreme Court to help you out. Men have been itching to get back control of our uteri for years, and here’s their chance. They won’t let it slip if they can possibly find a way.
Protect yourself at all costs.