The Democrats in the Minnesota state legislature have decided that it is time to ensure women have the same opportunities as men when it comes to both their health and economic well-being. To that effect, they have proposed that the state have its own contraception mandate, requiring all insurers to offer birth control coverage, much as the president is currently trying to do nationally.
And Minnesota has found an excellent spokeswoman for the event — our own Jessica Pieklo. Explaining to a room of legislators and media, Pieklo provided details of how family planning services helped her to be a better lawyer, a better wife, and a better mom.
“Contraceptive coverage is not, contrary to some of the characterizations, women ‘asking someone else’ pay for their lifestyle choices. Quite the opposite, actually. As a working mother I not only pay health insurance premiums but I pay taxes. This is very much my money. I should be able to have my health insurance dollars go to care that is relevant to my life. That is all that me and the other women affordable contraceptive coverage impacts.
Watch the video of the press conference below (Pieklo begins speaking 8 minutes in).
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