Right now, hundreds of thousands of young Americans are using birth control to delay pregnancies they want, but feel they cannot currently afford.
If this poll is correct, almost one-third of young Americans have delayed starting a family because of the bad economy.
Think about how last night’s debate sounded from the point of view of such people.
They are starting their careers in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Even when recovery comes, they face narrowing life prospects in an economy where more and more of the rewards are taken by fewer and fewer hands. The party on display on the stage in Mesa proposes that most of the burden of fiscal adjustment fall on their generation—while exempting the more fortunate generations now over 55. And as they try to cope responsibly with these harsh circumstances by postponing fertility, they hear one of our two great parties debating whether they are doing something morally objectionable—and nobody raising a sympathetic voice on their behalf or expressing any understanding or even acknowledgement of their situation.
Remember that saying about voters do not care what you know, until they know that you care? When the GOP candidates talk about contraception, they need to remember to signal that they understand and care about the difficulties of the young people—and especially the young women—who use that contraception, for reasons important to them, in an economy that prevents so many of them from making the choices they most want to make.
Now let’s listen to four men give us their opinions on birth control.
The Obama administration, seeking to rein in a runaway political furor over birth control and religious liberty, is set to announce a possible compromise on Friday that is meant to calm ire from the right about a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — to offer free birth control to female employees.
Administration officials called the expected announcement an “accommodation” that they said sought to demonstrate respect for religious beliefs. It will be similar to the path taken in several other states — particularly Hawaii — that have similar rules.
But administration officials also acknowledged that it would likely not mollify the Catholic bishops who have waged war against the rule or, for that matter, Congressional Republicans and candidates on the presidential campaign trail who have joined the fight. At most, the compromise could potentially help President Obama shore up support among wavering Democrats, who have also expressed doubt about the rule, along with more liberal religious organizations and charities, who oppose the rule but not as vehemently as the Catholic leadership.
From an email from NARAL:
The new policy that will cover women’s birth-control coverage is under attack from all sides.
Anti-choice groups have collected more than 20,000 signatures on a petition calling on the White House to rescind the policy.
The Obama administration is standing strong, but we need to make sure they hear from us.
The attack on women’s access to no-cost birth control just went up a very big notch.
Anti-choice groups are fast collecting signatures on a petition on the White House website calling on the administration to rescind its new birth-control coverage policy.
The White House has committed to responding to every petition that collects 25,000 signatures, and our opponents are close to reaching this number.
Help us counter their anti-contraception petition. We started our own petition, expressing support for every woman’s right to get her contraception covered.
Please add your name to our petition on the White House “We The People” website to show that pro-choice support far outnumbers opposition.
Here’s how it works. Please note that you will need to create an account on WhiteHouse.gov.
2. Sign in if you already have an account. If you don’t have an account already, click “Create an Account” and fill out your information.
3. Check your email. Look for an email with the subject line “Almost done! Verify your WhiteHouse.gov account.” Click the link in that email to verify your account and sign in. It may takes a few minutes to receive this email.
4. Click “Sign This Petition.”
5. You’ve signed it! You can use the links on the next screen to share the petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or email.
What we’re seeing is a coordinated effort to deny women coverage for basic family-planning services. Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided to discontinue providing grant money for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Now, anti-contraception forces have launched a multi-million dollar campaign to overturn the new no-cost birth control policy.
The good news is that – as you know – pro-choice Americans like you pulled together and convinced Komen to reverse course. You made that victory possible. We must continue to work together and defeat this next attempt to take away women’s birth-control coverage.
Thank you so much for adding your name.
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
[Obviously not just women use the forms of contraception covered and not just women are being affected by antichoice groups trying to rescind access to important contraception coverage with no copays.]