Sandra Fluke Testifies for Women Everywhere: Birth Control Is Basic Health Care
Kristin Koch is the deputy director of communications for online advocacy strategies for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave Sandra Fluke the opportunity to finally give her testimony on the importance birth-control coverage to women.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined Leader Pelosi. All of these lawmakers attended last week's hearing featuring 10 anti-contraception witnesses.
Sandra, a third-year student at Georgetown Law School, talked about the challenges that millions of women face paying for birth control, and why the new contraceptive-coverage policy is a win for women.
One key takeaway is that birth control protects women's health. One of Sandra's friends lost an ovary - and potentially her ability to have children in the future - when she was unable to pay for birth control after her insurance company refused to cover her prescription to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. Another woman Sandra knows takes birth control to prevent seizures. This woman struggles to afford her prescription, but the medication is critical to her health.
Sandra also reminded Congress that women shouldn't have to sacrifice getting the best education at a prestigious, religiously affiliated school that admits and employs people of all faiths in order to get the health care they need. Yet anti-contraception politicians are seeking to do this and more: allow corporations and institutions to deny a woman insurance coverage of birth control.
Don't worry - Sandra's testimony won't only be heard by these four pro-choice champions. Leader Pelosi promised to read it on the House floor so that all representatives can hear it.
Now that Sandra has shared her story with Congress, why not share yours? If you have a computer, camera, or phone with recording capabilities, then you can tell Congress why birth control is important to you!