According to the Guttmacher Institute, being able to get birth control before age 21 has been found to be the most influential factor in enabling women already in college to stay in college. Birth control has been estimated to account for more than 30 percent of the increase in the proportion of women in skilled careers from 1970 to 1990. Before the Affordable Care Act’s birth control provision went into effect, 57 percent of young women aged 18 to 34 struggled to afford prescription birth control. Furthermore, birth control access is vital for members of our community beyond just those who identify as women, as it used for a variety of reasons beyond contraceptive purposes, such as for hormonal regulation.
School administrators at Middlebury College need to stand up for their students and pledge to protect their access to birth control. We deserve access to this essential health care and we’re going to fight to protect it. As a student, I’m going to do all I can to hold our administration accountable to their students.
• Sponsored by Feminist Action at Middlebury •