Last week, as the news kept coming of attempts to restrict access to birth control, students and supporters around the country used Valentine’s Day as a focal point. We signed petitions, Tweeted at our representatives, and affirmed that access to healthcare—including birth control—is essential to our well-being and self-determination. Check out the over 500 photos from this action, “Birth Control 4 Us.”
Next weekend, February 24-25, the OU Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice will present their 2012 conference, Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice together with cosponsors the Student Organizer's Collective, the Abortion Access Project, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Gender and Women's Studies at Oklahoma State University, Trust Women, OK4RJ, and Civil Liberties and Public Policy. The conference will provide an introduction to reproductive justice for students, academics, practitioners, advocates, and members of the public. It is also an opportunity to explore reproductive justice from a regional perspective.
Last week, President Obama reaffirmed that women will be able to access no-copay birth control even if they work for an employer or attend a college that does not want to provide it. If an employer or school has decided not to provide contraceptive coverage on religious grounds, insurance companies will be required to provide no-copay birth control coverage to women directly. While the Catholic Health Association has already come out in support of this solution, Republicans in Congress are only increasing their efforts to roll back birth control access.