#BirthControlHelpedMe is bringing powerful awareness to how crucial access to birth control is for womens' health
Whether it helped lessen your cramps, clear up your acne, or be responsible about starting a family, birth control has a special place in every woman’s heart. Most of us who have been on the Pill since we were teenagers take it for granted, but Planned Parenthood’s very public fight has made it clear that there are women out there who don’t have access to the reproductive right. That's why the health giant has launched a new campaign with billboards in Times Square encouraging us all to tweet about how #BirthControlHelpedMe.
The hashtag is for women to share their personal stories about how birth control has improved their health and their life. And it's an important viewpoint to express, considering Republicans in the House of Representatives recently attempted to shut down funding for Title X, the federal program that gives women access to birth control, sexually transmitted infection tests and treatment, and reproductive health screenings.
“Birth control has been nothing short of revolutionary for women and society, yet we are still fighting to ensure that every woman in America has full access to the birth control method of her choosing—without barriers based on cost, availability, or stigma,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood knows the transformative effect birth control has on women’s lives—we see it every day in our patients and supporters…birth control dramatically improves the lives and conditions of women and families, as well as the U.S. economy at large."
It’s been a big week of women destigmatizing reproductive health in 140 characters or less! Women Are Live Tweeting Their Period to bring awareness to sexual health—and that time of the month. The #BirthControlHelpedMe tweets are particularly powerful, though: statements on how much the simple right of access to birth control can have a ripple effect on our lives. These are 10 of our favorites.
#BirthControlHelpedMe as the only non-surgical treatment for my endometriosis, a disease that has played a bit of havoc with my life.
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) June 23, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe graduate high school, stay in college, and has kept me on my path towards achieving my dreams! ❤️
— Sadie (@sadieeehdz) June 25, 2015
In my early 20s I suffered from debilitating cramps, mood swings, sickness. It helped me function in normal life. #BirthControlHelpedMe
— aprilhauck (@aprilhauck) June 19, 2015
After nearly dying giving birth to my daughter #BirthControlHelpedMe avoid future dangerous pregnancies so I can be here & healthy for her.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) June 24, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe work with a lot of successful, brilliant women who are able to achieve highly because they can plan & delay childbirth
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) June 24, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe end a vicious cycle of rupturing ovarian cysts and hospital visits
— keylee (@Keyleeshayee) June 21, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe by assisting my body to return to normal patterns after I recovered from my eating disorder.
— misanthropic pixie (@jams_pixie) June 19, 2015
— Nicole (@NicoleEvelyn) June 19, 2015
#BirthControlHelpedMe by relieving TWO WEEKS every month of severe cramping, regulating my period, and by keeping me baby free
— Lovely Liberal (@LovelyLiberal) June 18, 2015
Birth control let me focus scarce resources on my daughter & helped make a path from poverty to college possible. #birthcontrolhelpedme
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 23, 2015