Despite the fact that 99 percent of U.S. women will use birth control in their lifetime, contraception is still somehow controversial to many politicians. Just look at the Republicans throwing a fit to defend the right to deny women access to getting birth control through their employer’s health insurance.
That’s why Washington, DC-based nonprofit The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has launched a campaign called “Thanks Birth Control” to normalize talking about contraception. They wanted to set aside a day, November 12 to let people say thank you in their own words.
“As a nation we’re really good at talking about sex, but we’re not very good at talking about birth control,” says Larry Swiader the Senior Director of Digital Media at The National Campaign. To change the conversation, the day focuses on saying “thank you” for the things birth control has allowed you to do. For some people, birth control has allowed them to go to school, travel, or have a certain career. For some, it has allowed them to take care of the children they already do have. For some, it’s as simple as having worry-free sex.
Personally, my life would be completely different without birth control. It has allowed me to go to college, move across the country for an internship on a whim, and stay up all night watching Netflix rather than, say, have to feed a child. Birth control helps people control their families and have the life they want. And that shouldn’t be controversial.
This is the first year of Thanks Birth Control day, and the National Campaign hopes to make it an annual event. The project focuses on people saying thanks on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl. “If you’re going to try to create a national conversation these days you have to do it through social media,” says Swiader, “We needed to do this in a way that was a bit grassroots. It’s not going to happen top down. The way to make the change is to get individual men and women talking about what birth control does for their lives.”
The National Campaign has created cute postcards from artist Kate Bingaman-Burt to share.