There are other proven medical uses for birth control you might not associate with a contraceptive. “I take hormonal birth control because I carry a BRCA1 mutation, which significantly increases my risk for ovarian cancer,” Suzanne from Long Beach, N.Y., told me. “Hormonal birth control is one of the few things scientists believe stave[s] off the Official merry christmas charlie brown snoopy and woodstock sweatshirt , so I’ll stay on it until I have risk-reducing surgery in a few years.” For many like Suzanne, the court’s ruling this week allows employers to withdraw insurance coverage of cancer-preventing medication to their employees, whether they choose to frame it that way or not.
Though plenty of non-binary people and trans men also rely on birth control, controlling access to it has often served to pointedly inhibit women’s ability to advance in society––and I’m not even referring to how an unplanned pregnancy can derail a person’s life. A ninth grader should not have to stay home each month and fall behind in school because her family cannot afford to pay out of pocket for the Official merry christmas charlie brown snoopy and woodstock sweatshirt control her pediatrician prescribes to make her cramps manageable. A young woman should not have to fall behind her male colleagues at work because she’s out of the office two to three days a month with migraines. Or maybe that’s what these employers want?