All posts tagged: Contraception

Why Didn’t I Question 28 Years of Birth Control?

(Photo:Nancy Gonzalez/ TueNight.com) For much of freshman year, my fear of getting pregnant waged a battle with my fear of getting caught by my mother with birth control pills in my purse. I was a kid who had always played by the rules. In the Catholic household where I was growing up, secretly taking the Pill was beyond unacceptable. So what if I was living at college, hours away from home? Somehow, some way, I was sure she’d just know. And yet I knew that getting pregnant would be even worse in my parents’ eyes: Not only would God know what I was up to, but the neighbors would find out, too. That sealed it for me. After months of obsessing (and falling for the guy who would eventually become my ex-husband), I finally asked one of my roommates to drive me to her doctor’s office. I took my first Pill on our ride back to our dorm. I felt it catch in my dry, nervous throat. I read every word of medical fine print …

The TueDo List: Your Game Plan on the Hobby Lobby Decision

(Photo: Adam Nathaniel Peck/Facebook) If all of its songs and my old history textbooks are true, July 4 is about freedom. Freedom from oppression, tyranny, governance by another entity — however we want to frame it. We’re free now and we’re really happy about it. But as women, people of color, people with diverse backgrounds and desires, we know we have to stay vigilant about keeping our freedom. And as of a few days ago, some of us feel a little under the gun. This week, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision (Burwell vs Hobby Lobby) that allows employers—specifically Hobby Lobby, in this case—to opt out of insuring birth control that’s mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Not all birth control, just several important types, including emergency contraception like Plan B. All of them are used by women. Pointing the trigger at women? That’s how we feel about it. So what can you do, besides feel a certain way? Short of staging your own crafty protest (see photo above and read about one …