Donald Trump’s New “Myth USA”

The woman that Donald Trump is trusting to “advise” him on reproductive rights, has a STELLAR  record of spreading dangerous lies “myths” about contraception. In fact, she’s a regular Aesop when it comes to spreading fables about how birth control actually works.

First off, Katy Talento is an epidemiologist, and not someone you go to for a nasty woman pussy grab  pelvic exam. But wait, isn’t a woman who analyzes data about diseases, at least close to being an expert on something to do with uterus-y things?

Nah.

In fact, even “…with nearly 20 years of experience in public health and health policy, as well as government oversight and investigations and program evaluation.” she seems to have missed  that study where the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology flatly states that there is no link between miscarriages and use of hormonal birth control before a pregnancy.

On the count of three… one, two, three! “Fake News!”

So just what kind of alt-science is Talento pushing?

Her favorite seems to be spreading long-discredited myths about contraception, including the disproven claims that hormonal contraceptives will turn your womb into some kind of flimsy Ikea version of a uterus – or something.

So, lucky us! Talento told Rewire at the recent CPAC conference that she now, “handles pro-life issues,” as a member of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council. In fact, she said that the Council was, “always looking to protect life.”  

And as we know, Trump tends to believe whatever he’s told, as long as it’s wrong. He can certainly trust Katy to be a reliable source of misinformation. In an article she wrote for the January 2015 edition of The Federalist, entitled, “Is Big Pharma Breaking Your Uterus?”

Um. Can you actually break your uterus?

According to good ol’ Katy, if you go on the pill, before long your whole reproductive system will turn into a Broken Particle board. An Ikea Livmoder.

And an allen wrench won’t fix it.
So add Katy Talento to the list of lying hacks that the establishment Republicans have provided to Donald Trump to tell him the myths that will become the alternative facts used to destroy reproductive freedom.

Oh Hey! Birth Control? What a Novel Idea.

clauscontrolThe Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus is leading a squad of Democrats from the House of Representatives advocating that healthcare providers should get more contraception training in order to provide women with better and more accurate options. (From here on out let them be known as “The Squad” as there are almost 24 of them, so it’s an accurate title military wise AND they needed a catchier name.)

The Squad has written a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS); I highly suggest you take a gander at it. Such nice stationary! And, if anyone has ever been a supervisor or manager you might immediately recognize the classic way in which the information and ask is presented, (what I like to call) The Shit Sandwich. Good news. Bad news. Nice closer.

The letter begins with a compliment (the following italics represent my paraphrasing, if you want the exact words, again read the letter). You’re doing so great, family planning is more accessible to more people! Then we have a another nice thing that moves directly into shit sandwich time. YES it’s true that unintended pregnancies are at their lowest rate in 40 years but we are still trailing behind other developed countries. Our unintended pregnancy rate (average) is 45%. Which means that almost half the time someone gets pregnant in this country, it was not on purpose.

Then The Squad drops the whole poop on HHS. Examples of women being unable to access contraceptives, problems with insurance and doctors not even knowing some of the options themselves! They cited a recent study showing that less than half of OBGYNs realized they could insert an IUD right after giving birth.

Then, here comes the ask: we need to make better what we have already made better (a need to fix something tucked inside a compliment — which in my opinion is the way to do it). Let’s get doctors more tools and contraceptive training so they can get the options out there to the women! Yes!

I can’t imagine (read that in a voice dripping with sarcasm) why this isn’t a bipartisan issue with Republican signatures on the letter. People beating the anti-abortion drum never seem to get on the contraception train. How, ironic?

This point is often brought up but I feel like it should actually almost be the beginning and end of any anti-abortion argument. (Next the italics depict a fake conversation I’m having with myself where the myself I am fighting with represents most of the GOP.) Oh are you putting money towards women and doctors learning about options for safe and affordable birth control? No? So then go f*ck yourself. BECAUSE CLEARLY YOU DON”T CARE ABOUT THE ABORTION you care about limiting women’s choices and controlling them.

The Squad requests a response from HHS by December 23rd. Just in time for Santa.

Dear Mister Claus,

This year we would love for people to WAKE THE F*CK UP and realize that the most efficient, cheapest and practical way to cut down on abortions is to provide women and doctors with birth control education. If you could please plant some coal in the kisser of anyone who tries to come up with some lame-o excuse that this isn’t true that would also be much appreciated. Milk and cookies are on the table.

XO,
The Lady Parts Justice League

Women Got Your B For Back

POD_032216-01The internet has been Plan B buzzing since Reddit user carlinha1289 posted her experience about purchasing the morning after pill for a Quebec teen. Other women jumped in to share similar experiences. Conversations are being started. Articles are being written. Women are coming together to help each other –> ’cause we cool like that.

Plan B is not an abortion bill (this is often a misCONCEPTION — get it — ahahahaha —> ok we’ll show ourselves out). The goal of Plan B is to prevent a person from getting pregnant up to 72 hours after that someone’s birth control failed or for whatever reason which is nobody’s business but their own. It’s emergency contraception, birth control in overtime.

In the United States, legally speaking, Plan B (or one of its generic forms) is available on pharmacy shelves for anyone to purchase. We say ‘legally speaking’ because we want you to know it’s your legal right; even if a pharmacy tries to do some shady shiznit like put it in an awkward place or some pimply teenage boy working at the register tells you he morally doesn’t want to sell it you. It’s there. You can buy it. Get another cashier who doesn’t have boner problems.

HOWEVER, just because it is available does not mean that girls don’t feel embarrassed getting it, that people aren’t shaming them when they’re trying to purchase it, that they can afford it, that they aren’t afraid their parents will find out and a host of other issues.

So… Women are stepping up to pay it forward. If you are in need of the Morning After Pill but are feeling scared of getting it yourself don’t be afraid to reach out. We got your Plan B back, girls looking for help, because the B is for Buddy!