If you don’t like lawmakers playing doctor, tell them what you think--with a bumper sticker.
Our Bodies Ourselves--the mother of all women’s health organizations-- has just announced their new campaign, “Our Bodies Our Votes”. And it’s all about bumper stickers--the ultimate form of American epigram. That vital mode of political expression.
The group wants to get the stickers in all 50 states. Especially the 36 states that imposed a whopping 91 provisions restricting access to health services last year. That’s a record for non-medically trained legislators making medical decisions.
Donate just $10 and you’ll get three bumper stickers. Put them on your car, your bike, your belly or your anywhere else that’s legal--then take a picture. There’s a tumbler page to upload your images--then share, share, share to get the word out. You can even get virtual stickers to put on pixels anywhere.
To refresh your memory state legislatures across the country, have been cutting back health services and restricting access to cancer screenings, birth control and abortion with lack of funds. They’ve also: allowed employers to deny coverage for birth control Rxs. Or they’ve mandated that women seeking abortions must get a vaginal probe ultrasound--or counseling that can be inaccurate. Some are even allowing doctors to withhold information about a fetus if the MD suspects the mother might terminate her pregnancy.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently wrote in the New York Times.
“Politicians were not elected to, nor should they, legislate the practice of medicine or dictate the parameters of the doctor-patient relationship... Our message to politicians is unequivocal: Get out of our exam rooms.”
The bumper sticker is a uniquely American art form, where we can share our thoughts about democracy during election year. So get creative. Get your stickers now and support Women's Health.