Did you know that birth control was named one of the ten great public health achievements in the 20th century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
That’s why “Thanks, Birth Control!” Day on November 15th is so important. It gives us a space to recognize how birth control transformed our lives and underscore its continued importance. There’s a lot to celebrate about birth control: the ability to plan, prevent and space pregnancies is directly linked to benefits for women, men, children, and society, including more educational and economic opportunities for women, healthier babies, and more stable families.
Millions of people have used birth control to plan their families, finish their education, and pursue their dreams. Many of the gains women have made since 1965 — in timing and spacing their children, in obtaining an education, entering the workforce, and moving closer to pay equity — are the direct result of access to birth control.
Birth control is basic health care. It’s a normal part of women’s lives and should not be politicized. Nearly nine in 10 women of reproductive age will use contraception at some point in their lives. Birth control should be treated like any other preventive medical care. Women use birth control for a variety of reasons — in fact, 58 percent of all women who use the pill rely on it, at least in part, for something other than pregnancy prevention, including endometriosis, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (which is prevalent among women of color), fibroids, and menstrual regulation.
Expanding access to birth control and sex education has had a huge impact. The United States is seeing its lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years, and a historic low of pregnancy among teens because of expanded access to birth control and sex education.
As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is an expert on birth control - and we’re proud to provide the full range of contraceptive options along with information and education to help people make informed decisions about which birth control method is best for them. New York State’s Planned Parenthood health centers are here every day to answer your questions and provide the health care you need.
We need everyone — business leaders, citizens, artists, and activists — to join the fight for birth control access and reproductive rights, including safe, legal abortion. So, say “Thanks, Birth Control” and join Planned Parenthood’s #Fight4BirthControl campaign now to protect our essential health care.