I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV

Via Democratic Underground, women tell their stories about times when birth control was not simple or cheap.

No one has spun the issue better than Georgia Representative Tom Price, who claimed that no woman has ever been denied access to birth control because she could not afford it. “Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one,” Price told ThinkProgress when it asked how low-income women could access contraception if it were not insured.

Bring you one woman? Let’s start with two. We are a couple of white, middle-class magazine editors. We have both had difficulty affording birth control at some point in our lives. And we’re not alone. Many women struggle with the cost of birth control—1 in 3 of us, according to a recent Hart survey. Among young women, more than half face prohibitive costs. We know for a fact that it’s not just the poorest Americans who are being left behind. The people affected by the high cost of birth control are poor, working class, and middle class. They are us, and they are our partners, too.

I gotta go to work, in health care, where even an aspirin a day has risks as well as benefits, and you expect the unexpected. It’s aggravating when acquaintances play wannabe doctor with unwanted advice. It’s scary when men with power go on record as ignorant, complacent and uncurious about how the other half lives.

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