Target: Weld County Commissioners
Goal: Urge Weld County commissioners to reconsider their decision to stop providing emergency contraceptives.
Many women are outraged in Weld County, Colorado since they discovered they may no longer have access to “Plan B” birth control, otherwise known as emergency contraception or the “morning after” pill. Weld County Commissioners decided in 2010 to stop providing this form of birth control at county health clinics because they felt that it promoted abortion. Women who rely on these county health clinics are now facing restrictions when it comes to their reproductive health, much to the dismay of Planned Parenthood, who continues to provide the service.
Emergency contraception does not cause abortion. The Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department protested the Commissioner’s logic, stating that “Plan B does not disrupt established pregnancies.” Plan B contraceptives do the same thing that almost all forms of birth control do–they prevent ovulation, which extremely limits the probability of unwanted pregnancy. Planned Parenthood officials have repeatedly encouraged the Commissioners to reconsider their decision, calling their information inaccurate and outdated.
Women who use lower cost facilities, such as the Health Department or Planned Parenthood, rely on these facilities for their reproductive health and are often unable to attain birth control elsewhere. Rather than restricting birth control and causing more unwanted pregnancies, Health Departments in Colorado should be promoting access to Plan B contraceptives and encouraging women to obtain birth control unless they are planning a family. Please ask Weld County Commissioners to reconsider their decision to stop providing Plan B contraceptives.
Dear Weld County Commissioners,
County Health Departments have long been a wonderful resource for women and their reproductive health. However, in 2010, you came to the decision to stop providing emergency contraception, or Plan B, at County Health Departments. Part of your decision was based on the idea that Plan B contraception can cause abortion, despite the Executive Director’s claim that “Plan B does not disrupt established pregnancies.” Planned Parenthood has claimed that your information is outdated and that Plan B contraception does the same thing that all birth control does–it prevents a woman from ovulating, thus greatly reducing the risk of pregnancy.
Considering this information, it is vital for women to have continued access to various forms of birth control in order to reduce unwanted pregnancies in Colorado. Plan B contraception is an important alternative form of birth control for women who fear they may have conceived, at times despite taking other precautions, in instances of rape, or in cases where poor judgment was exercised. This alternative fills a need in reproductive health since it is the only form of birth control that can be taken immediately after intercourse to prevent conception.
Please reconsider your decision to stop providing Plan B contraception at County Health Departments so that women can have continued access to all forms of birth control.
[Your Name Here]
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