Fertility vs. Virility

These changes are being brought to you by men. Men who cannot get pregnant. Men who are well insured. Men who can pay for the doctors or an abortion.

Let women make choices about women’s bodies.

Behind the White Coat

Gerber Daisy in a pot

“I need help,” she pleaded. “I don’t know where else to turn.”

“Sure. What do you need?”

“I’m pregnant.”

She was newly married. They were recent college grads, just starting their first jobs and their lives together.

“Congratulations! How exciting!”

Her face crumpled and she began to cry great body wracking sobs. I braced myself. Had he left her? Was she being abused? Was there something wrong with the pregnancy? Had she lost her job somehow?

“My health insurance excludes coverage for birth control. The pills make me so nauseated and the depo provera shot just made me bleed and bleed. I couldn’t afford to pay out of pocket for other forms of birth control. So we used condoms. We tried to be careful.” She whispered hoarsely, “I don’t know what to do.” There was terror in her eyes. “My insurance policy excludes coverage for pregnancy. We made calls. All…

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5 responses to “Fertility vs. Virility

  1. Thank you so much for the reblog!

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  2. I recently read this story. We are going backwards under Twitler, Price and Sessions.

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/my-grandmothers-desperate-choice

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  3. Thanks for pointing us in that direction. I’m now following Behind the White Coat, and left the following comment over in their space:

    “Found your blog via fiftyfourandahalf. Interesting post. Not only relevant and timely, but horrifically true from so many different angles. Necessary to call this truth into the light, even though it tends to boil our blood, all while leaving a trail of despondency rotting on the page. Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t be speaking about it, but rather, demands that we keep the conversation alive.”

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