SIGN HERE: Oregon, don't pressure low-income women to make dangerous contraceptive decisions
Oregon State's new medicaid birth control recommendations invade the privacy and insult the conscience of many low-income women. Sign this petition to tell Oregon that low-income women don't need the government pressuring them to make dangerous and controversial contraceptive decisions.
The state of Oregon, based on the recommendation of an extreme pro-choice organization, has created a new Medicaid metric that encourages low-income women, especially women of color, to use invasive, long-lasting forms of birth control.
The Medicaid birth control metric is based on an initiative developed by the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH), which is an entity of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. The metric strongly encourages healthcare providers to pressure low-income women to use long-lasting, temporarily sterilizing forms of birth control including IUDs and implants.
The IUD is a copper metal device, inserted by a doctor into a woman’s uterus. The device thins the lining of the uterus and may prevent implantation of fertilized eggs. The Planned Parenthood website classifies IUDs and Plan B in the same category of emergency contraception. IUDs are designed to remain in the uterus for up to five years. Thus, by encouraging low-income women to temporally sterilize themselves, the State of Oregon is ensuring these women won’t have children for five years.
In addition to being highly invasive, these forms of birth control are risky. For example, IUDs must be both inserted and removed by a doctor and can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and cramps and, in some cases, perforation—the IUD can get lodged in or puncture the uterus.
Doctors aren’t recommending IUDs to all their patients equally. According to one medical association, healthcare providers are recommending long acting forms of birth control like IUDs “to more women of color than white women and more to socioeconomically disadvantaged women compared to socioeconomically advantaged.”
Regardless of religious objections, all women on Medicaid will be subjected to this high-pressure contraceptive counseling. The director of the organization behind the metric, Michele Hunter, said this will happen at every point of medical service—whether at a “private practitioner, a public health program, a human service program, or a dentist.”
As the Witherspoon Institute put it, “Oregon’s implementation of its new contraceptive metric is an alarming sign that nationwide governmental monitoring of America’s low-incomee women’s reproduction is on its way—along with flagrant disregard for women’s privacy and religious freedom.”
Please join with us in protecting Oregon women from this pressure to use objectionable, invasive, and potentially dangerous forms of birth control.
When you sign this petition, the text will be sent to the Director of the Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee, Oliver Droppers. The petition asks that the board rewrite the 2016 metric to exclude incentives for invasive birth control counseling.
Sign this petition now!
Stop pressuring low-income women to use invasive birth control