I had to go to the lady doctor today because I'm out of birth control pills. I had been dreading this visit since January, when I was informed the University would no longer subsidize the cost of the pills. As my health insurance doesn't cover them, I had been very thankful to get contraceptives for $10 a month at the student health clinic.
Apparently, my favorite Republicans decided universities should no longer be allowed to subsidize contraceptives for students. This includes free condoms, discounted pills, the ring, all of it. I feel this is terribly irresponsible. Morally apprehensible. I'm a graduate student looking to not have a baby and I just don't have $46 a month to spare for these sorts of things.
I've been unable to find news articles, none of the doctors could tell me which representatives to call and voice my opinion as a voter, and my supply of the cheap pills has dwindled. Today, when I slumped up to the cash register at the pharmacy, I braced myself, clenched my muscles.
"Ten dollars, please," said the clerk.
"What?!!!" I screamed, actually raised my voice. It turns out my health insurance started covering my pills somewhere in the middle of the night. Since I buy generic, I can get three months' worth for ten bucks. This is fantastic!
I just have to remember to not let my temporary joy override what I view as a much deeper problem. We cannot return to the days where diaphragms were illegal. I almost feel like Corey and I should take the difference in money we saved and donate it to Planned Parenthood. Certainly this is something I will do when we have a steady income.
This is one of the reasons it kills me that my sister (and other young people) thinks politics do not affect her. Do you want to not make babies and simultaneously afford your tuition? Vote! Go vote!
I will now dedicate the rest of my evening to discovering more information about this bill and how I can vote against it.