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Kansans Stand Up for Contraception

Kansans Stand Up for Contraception

What’s a lady gotta do around here for a little respect?

I mean, we’ve all heard about the Republican War on Women. You may have even felt its effects. It’s gotten so bad that at least one GOP lawmaker has urged women to give money to Democrats. The past several months have been pretty bad for people with uteruses and people who love people with uteruses.

I don’t know about you, but I’m super tired of all the bad news. Luckily, a group of kick-ass citizens of Miami County, Kansas has given me a much-needed silver lining. But first, the background.

In March, the Miami County Commission decided to decline any Title X money that would go toward sluts contraceptive services. According to RH Reality Check, this means that Miami County probably won’t get any Title X funding because the system doesn’t allow picking and choosing. As a result, more than 100 women served by the Miami County Health Department won’t have access to necessary contraception.

So that sucks, right? BUT all is not lost. Because people can be awesome, and Kansas people can be double awesome.

At a recent Miami County Commission meeting, a check for more than $9,500 was presented with the express purpose of continuing contraceptive coverage for the next fiscal year. The money was donated from across the political spectrum, and it was accepted by the county commission.

Can I get a cautious woot woot? This is great news. Low income women can get their birth control for another year! However, it’s only a bandage, a stop-gap to a permanent solution. Residents of Miami County understand this. As reported in The Miami County Republic,

“To be absolutely clear, this is an emergency gesture to provide for next fiscal year’s contraception needs only. It is not a way to remove your responsibility as commissioners to reverse your position on contraception for the health department in the future,” [Denise] German [who spoke for the group that presented the the money] said. “Dismay at your decision is growing. At a time when so many people are struggling to make ends meet in a dismal job market, rejecting this grant was inexcusable. Miami County women deserve the same public health care options and support found in the rest of the counties of Kansas.”

This is true, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to celebrate in this. Over 100 residents of Miami County Kansas gave their own money because they believe in a woman’s right to control when and if she has a child. This is fabulous! And it’s in stark contrast to the barf-inducing, anti-woman, anti-doctor and anti-science tripe the state legislature spent so much time discussing this session.

As a lifelong Kansan, I’m encouraged by the willingness of this community to stand up for a woman’s basic human right to control her body. The struggle to keep strangers — almost exclusively white men — out of our collective uterus is something that women don’t have the luxury to ignore. But in that struggle, we can’t forget the men and women who make a real difference in the lives of people who need it most.


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7:57AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

If women of Kansas really want to stand up for women's rights they should do so in the voting booths and see then how fast these neanderthals change their stance on the matter.

1:50AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:36PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Dan B. and Tony C., you are both so right! I don't understand why the women in this country have not united and rid ourselves of these women hating legislators. It is obvious to me that they are longing for a patriarchal society where they can reign supreme without all the fuss the little women make about human and civil rights.

5:40PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

@Luvenia V.: What are 'death panels'?

Ask Sarah Palin.

5:39PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

James M
“Oh Toto - we're not in Kansas anymore!
Wait! Yes we are and it's not so bad!
We just need to get those flying monkeys
out of the Legislatures.”

ROFL. Brilliant!

Maybe the fright right needs Glinda to tell them to click their heals together 3x whilst saying “there’s no place like home.”

5:36PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

John M.
“The best contraceptive is Abstinence and it is free!”

That go for married couples too? Do you practice “abstinence” with your partner? Or are you still a “virgin”.

4:15AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights.

8:32PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Good for them, sharing with those who are being denied basic care!

I stand with Planned Parenthood.

8:16PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Stand up and speak out on Election Day!

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare mashing and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

6:14PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

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