Lena Dunham Shares A New York Times Op-Ed Piece Regarding The Consequences Removing Birth Control from our Society
The HBO’s “GIRLS” star, creator, writer and director of the television show wrote a piece to The New York Times last week Friday, expressing her concern that it would be painful if the government chooses to take away birth control from women everywhere.
“Birth control pills are many women’s method of choice for preventing unintended pregnancy and should be covered by all insurance policies for that reason alone. But for millions of women living with endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cystic acne, migraines, uterine abnormalities and a history of ectopic pregnancies, birth control can be a crucial, even lifesaving, medical treatment. While there is no cure for endometriosis, hormonal contraception can control pain and bleeding by stopping or significantly shortening the length of a woman’s period. It helps keep women with the disease happy, healthy and able to work. Considering how little money the government puts into endometriosis research (last year, the National Institutes of Health allocated around $10 million of its $32 billion budget to it), it’s clear that our country already has a dangerous disregard for women with this common condition. But imagine if this disease that affects about one in 10 women of reproductive age were allowed to progress unhindered. Imagine losing these women’s essential contributions to our world because of a treatable illness,” Lena Dunham said in her article.
Lena Dunham advises her readers to reach out to their member of congress about the issue at hand and to keep promoting awareness.
“But many are not so fortunate. And it is not only celebrities with access to the voice of the news media who deserve the chance to be heard on this essential issue. I encourage every reader to reach out to their members of Congress and voice their opposition to this rollback, as well as to the attacks on Planned Parenthood. At a time when we have no guarantee of health care or protection from our administration, every woman you love, sick or well, is depending on you. Please do not let us down,” she said.