Florida women, LISTEN UP: We all deserve access to insurance plans that cover life-saving care we can count on, not coverage chosen for us by politicians—but Amendment 6 would allow politicians to interfere with a woman’s personal health care decisions!
Visit the Facebook page right now and “like” it to show your support online for patient privacy, autonomy and CHOICE! It’s imperative to gain a strong online following to support the work we and our fellow advocates do on the ground to prevent further governmental intrusion on our rights to choose and to have access to safe, affordable healthcare.
Alexa Nelen and Hayley Cavataro, VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at UCF
*ACTION, THIS TUESDAY (FEBRUARY 14TH AT NOON)*
WE DO NOT STAND FOR BC REFUSAL!
As part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a federal rule has been mandated requiring employers to cover contraceptives under their health benefits. The Republican house majority, along with the Catholic Church, has opposed this new measure that would allow birth control for free with no co-pay under the health benefits of religiously affiliated institutions (such as hospitals and universities). We believe that to deny a woman the same access as everyone else based on her religious affiliation (or that of her employer) is discrimination. Nearly all sexually active women rely on some form of birth control – including 98 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women. To force these adults to pay out of pocket, again, for birth control is an attack on health.
The goal of this action is to show Congress as well as the media that we DO have the numbers to back our demands for all religiously affiliated institutions to provide birth control coverage.
Since Obama denied the legitimacy of the birth control refusal clause initially, the media and the executive office have been inundated with attacks by Catholic bishops and BC Refusal supporters attacking the President’s decision. This fight is not over! We are no longer front and center in the media. We support President Obama’s position allowing religious women and women utilizing religiously affiliated institutions –regardless of their personal faith – to have the same access as everyone else.
This action will be a part of a larger national action to show Congress and the President our dismay with the “Birth Control Refusal” Clause.
To show our outrage at these measures aimed at attacking women’s health, we plan to coordinate several university demonstrations on this Tuesday, February 14th.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of American women will save about 600 dollars a year; that is equivalent to168 gallons of gas!
We plan to create a demonstration, utilizing the 34 gas cans it would take to equal that which individual women have annually paid in order to have control over her reproductive freedom. These gas cans, along with other visual representations such as charts, will create a visual impact to reinforce the fact that women’s health care is still a political – and expensive – issue.
We will be setting up this structure of gas cans in front of the Student Union at the University of Central Florida at 10am with signs around the installation, explaining its relation to BC Refusal. Meanwhile, other campus organizations on campus including the National Organization for Women, the College Democrats and the Student Labor Action Project will be handing out Valentine’s Day goodie bags with condoms, information about the Affordable Care Act, flyers about BC Refusal, stickers, buttons, candy and information about the importance of access to contraception and preventative care on every level. These goodie bags combined with the visual representation will attract students and UCF community members to our action.
When we talk to community members in front of the Student Union or they speak to us, we will tell them about BC Refusal, and ask them to take part in our photo campaign (we will make signs with slogans such as, “I am a Catholic Woman and I use Birth Control” or “I am a religious woman and I use Birth Control” or “I am a student and I use Birth Control.”)
The interactions with students will be imperative for our large action at noon. At 12 noon, we will start what we are calling a “Vocal Flash Mob” where a canon of voices will erupt over 40 seconds (one second for every dollar spent on birth control this month). One person will start the canon: “Hey, Congress! I need my birth control!” That person will repeat that statement for the next 40 seconds. With every repetition, someone else will come in and more and more people will join in that by the end of the 40 seconds a huge ruckus will be in progress to show Congress exactly how much we do not approve of BC Refusal. That ruckus will then attract people to our visual representation and will allow us to explain more about BC Refusal and garner more petition signatures to prevent it.
BE OUTSIDE THE UCF STUDENT UNION TODAY BEFORE NOON TO BE A PART OF OUR ACTION!
Just today, President Obama reached a decision about the Birth Control Refusal Clause in the Affordable care act that “does right by women”. The accommodation to the Catholic Bishops involves the access to contraceptives being handled through insurance companies instead of religious institutions. Insurance companies will be mandated to step in and provide every woman (as a basic package available to ALL women) with contraceptive coverage with no co pay. Women will not have to opt in or out or be charged an extra premium by their insurance.
In spite of this decision, ACTIONS will still take place across the country accounting for the importance of birth control coverage for EVERY WOMAN and showing our legislature that we do have the numbers to back up this decision.
Stay tuned in for more information as we are continuously being updated.
We thank the activists, the organizers and the fighters for their continued work on this campaign and others alike.
As Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood says “The birth control benefit underscores the fact that birth control is basic health care, and is fundamental to improving women’s health and the health of their families.”
Let’s stand together and let’s keep fighting.
FB Event for the MASS ACTION Tuesday Feb 14: http://www.facebook.com/events/152065174910836/