Fight For Women: Support Birth Control

The power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant is directly linked to countless important benefits for women, families, and men. But despite nearly universal support, more than 19 million women in the U.S. lack access to the full range of birth control methods—and policymakers are currently considering legislation that could make access even more difficult. That’s why we’re asking you to say, “Thanks, Birth Control.” To make sure our voices are heard far and wide, it will take every last one of us to become loud and proud birth control advocates. Help us to start the conversation about birth control with your friends, your community, and decision makers.

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Take Charge of Your Own Health
The best place to start is with yourself. Looking for some simple actions you can take right now? We’ve got you covered.
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Your Friends and Family are Listening
Online and offline, you have the power to help the people in your life get informed about their health and how they can support access to birth control.
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Go Bigger! Activate Your Community
Ready to go bigger? Don’t stop with your personal network! Here are some tips for getting your community involved.
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Raise Your Voice with Decision Makers
Want to effect change on a larger scale? Here are some tips to take it to City Hall, the County Council, the State House, or even Congress.
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Take Charge of Your Own Health

The best place to start is with yourself. If you don't want to get pregnant right now, make sure you’re using birth control correctly all the time. Need information? Looking for some simple actions you can take right now? We’ve got you covered.

  • Educate yourself on all available methods of birth control. There are lots of different methods out there—finding the one that fits your needs and your lifestyle is critical to making sure you use it correctly every single time you have sex. Get info on all the methods here—and then spread the word! Need help remembering to take your pill or change your patch? We can help with birth control reminders!
     
  • Sign up for our Thanks, Birth Control newsletter. Nothing could be simpler than signing up for our monthly newsletter. It’s all about birth control and includes the latest news on legislation, info on the different methods, and ways to get involved.
     
  • Get your health care provider involved. Take a minute to schedule your next well-woman visit with your provider. (Need to find a clinic? We can help.)  And when you get there, talk to your health care provider about birth control—whether it’s to check in about a method you’re currently using or to explore different options.
     
  • Grab some Thanks, Birth Control swag. What better way to get a conversation started about birth control than by proudly wearing a Thanks, Birth Control t-shirt or hat? And while you’re shopping, grab some for your friends (and family and provider and…).
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Your Friends and Family are Listening

Online and offline, you have the power to help the people in your life get informed about their own health and get involved in loving birth control. Here are some things you can do to activate your personal network.

  • Share one of our Thanks, Birth Control e-cards. Making birth control more normal is the first step towards getting people to talk openly about it. And what better way to do that than through our funny, cheeky, Thanks, Birth Control e-cards?
     
  • Tell your birth control story. When you’re spending time with friends or family, try talking openly about your own experiences with birth control or sexual health. You can also share your story online via social media by participating in a discussion or posting a short message, photo, or video anytime you feel like it. We’re also collecting birth control stories from across the country that we’re amplifying through our own social channels and we want to hear yours.
     
  • Fundraise online. You don’t have to be a non-profit organization to raise money for a cause you care about. Support a cause you care about by fundraising online through Facebook fundraisers or GoFundMe.
     
  • Spread the word online. There are loads of online resources just waiting to be shared, so don’t feel like you need to reinvent the wheel. Share an interesting article, a compelling graphic, or an e-card. Encourage your social networks to sign up for the ThxBirthControl newsletter. Post a pic in your ThxBirthControl t-shirt and share a link for where to get one.
     
  • Or simply cut and paste these messages to your social profiles:
    • The cutest and comfiest way to say #ThxBirthControl: A T-shirt from @TheNC! https://shop.thenationalcampaign.org
    • More than 99% of women have used birth control. I love being in good company. #ThxBirthControl
    • The only thing I’m expecting in 9 months is to be more awesome. Got the birth control info I needed @Bedsider. #ThxBirthControl
    • Birth control has made (finishing school, having kids with the right person, _________) possible for me. What about you? Say #ThxBirthControl with me today.
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Go Bigger! Activate Your Community

Ready to go bigger? Don’t stop with your personal network!  Here are some things you can do to activate your community: 

  • Organize a fundraiser. You don’t have to be a professional philanthropist to raise money for a local or national organization you want to support. Partner with a local bar or host a house party. Organize a competitive activity where participants raise money from sponsors. Here are some great tips for organizing a DIY fundraising event.
     
  • Become a relatable adult. Volunteer with an after-school program like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or Boys & Girls Clubs. Make it clear to the kids you work with that they can come to you if they have questions about relationships or sex. You don’t need to know all the answers—just where to find them.
     
  • Host an event. Organizing an event can be a great way to get people in your life engaged in a cause you care about. Consider organizing a postcard party, where your friends come over to learn about an issue and make their voices heard. Buy enough postcards and stamps for everyone and provide snacks and drinks to make it more fun. Then write to your representatives in Congress and the Senate to let them know where you stand. Pro tip: Your postcard doesn’t have to be a complaint or request; saying thanks can be a powerful way to reinforce positions your representatives take!
     
  • Participate in a community listserv. Join a local listserv to connect with people in your community and share resources. You can encourage people to sign up for the ThxBirthControl newsletter, share information about where to access birth control and sexual health care in your area, and raise awareness about key issues in your state.
     
  • Partner with a local organization. Get involved with a community group in your neighborhood or volunteer at your local clinic. Look for ways to educate your community about how they can access birth control and health care, or see if your clinic has opportunities (and training) to provide health education or even rides for patients with transportation limitations.
     
  • Or simply cut and paste these messages to your social profiles:
    • Everyone loves birth control! 99% of U.S. women who’ve ever had sex have used it at some point in their lives. https://thenationalcampaign.org/resource/everyone-loves-birth-control
    • Did you know that only 1 in 50 women in need has reasonable access to birth control in the U.S.? See for yourself: http://thenationalcampaign.org/deserts
    • 74% of people agree that if more people talked about birth control more people would use it. #ThxBirthControl
    • 77% of people say that more people would use birth control if they had easier access to the full range of methods. #ThxBirthControl
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Raise Your Voice with Decision Makers
  • Get familiar with our Contraceptive Deserts portal. Do you live in a contraceptive desert? Do you know someone who does? More than 19 million women in the U.S. lack access to the full range of birth control methods and elected officials can help or hinder legislation that impacts access. Get informed about this critical issue and let your elected officials know what you think. Read on for questions to ask and ways to get in touch!
     
  • Meet your local city or county officials. Set up a meeting with your local city or county council member or Mayor to find out where they stand on issues related to birth control. If your local community health network does offer the full range of contraceptive methods, consider asking them to advertise that or make sure that any women without insurance knows where they can access no- or low-cost contraception. Some other questions to ask include:
    • Are there places in our community that offer contraception for women who aren’t insured? Is there adequate funding to meet the needs? If not, what can we do to change that?  
    • Do these places offer the full range of contraceptive methods? If not, what can we do to change that?
       
  • Get to know your state decision makers. Research where your state house member(s), commissioners, and Governor stand on contraception. (If you don’t know who they are, this website can help.) Do they support access to contraception? Have they stood in the way of expanding access to contraception? Google their public statements on the issue. Then set up a meeting to let them know why this issue is important to you and why it should be important to them. Use our Contraceptive Deserts portal to show them what access looks like in your county and state and how they stack up to surrounding counties and states. Consider asking them:
    • Does Title X Family Planning funding go to clinics in your state that provide the full range of contraceptive methods? Why or why not? You can ask the same question about your state-funded family planning program, if your state has one.
    • Do they support pharmacy access to contraception and insurance coverage for an extended supply of contraception? You can point out areas where birth control access is limited or non-existent and note how this may help many women.
       
  • Contact your Representative and SenatorYour state may be doing a great job ensuring contraceptive access…or it may not be. In either case, you can effect change at the national level to help prod your state in the right direction or protect what is currently supported or guaranteed by the federal government so that all women have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. Here are some things you can do:
    • Attend a town hall. Look at your Representative and Senators’ website and see when they will have a town hall or open meeting time with constituents (or check here). Make a plan to attend the event with friends who also share your views and ask questions. Not sure what to ask or say? Here are some questions that may be helpful.
    • Make a phone call. Phone calls are an effective way to make your voice heard. It can be as simple as calling your Representative or Senator and letting them know you support Title X Family Planning funding or no co-pay birth control through the ACA. You can find information on what is happening in Congress on these issues and what you can say here.
    • Schedule a visit. Coming to Washington D.C? Is Congress in recess and your members of Congress are in town? Use this time to schedule face-to-face meetings. Often you don’t get to meet with your Congressperson, but educating their staff is important too. To prepare, learn about what is happening with the issue of contraceptive access (click here to get ready) at the federal level. Find out where your members stand on the issues (a quick way to do that is to visit their home page). You often only get 10-15 minutes so be sure to use them wisely. Watch this video for a sample of how to make a phone call about protecting access to birth control for low-income women, which will help get you started.
    • Go Social! Many members have a social media presence. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Even Snapchat. Follow them. Let them know what you are thinking about what they are supporting or not supporting. Or just let them know you support birth control and that it isn’t controversial. Here is some sample social media language you can use. Make sure you tag your representatives.
       
  • Or simply cut and paste these messages to your social profiles:
    • Title X-funded clinics are often only prevent. healthcare for low-income women, tell your Senators birth control access matters 202 224 3121
    • Broad support for federal funding of Title X—program giving women + teens the power to decide their future bit.ly/2k5cc4h
       

Don’t think these will work with your state representative, don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of other ideas you can use. You can also point out what other states have done in these areas and point our states that have similar profiles to yours. Find more resources in our State Policy Portal.

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