I wasn’t going to say anything, but I did get a few anon asks. YOU PEOPLE FOLLOW MY TWITTER, BUT YOU DON’T HAVE THE BALLS TO FACE ME? UNLIKE YOU COWARDS, I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE.
I am pissed as fuck about the SCOTUS ruling. Everyone should be, regardless of gender and identity. I’m going to come right out and say that anatomically, I’m a functional female. To the point where every single month, my body insists I pay my dues to the gods of fertility. If it wasn’t for theraputic bc, I’d be completely incapacitated for an entire week every month due to pain. I’d also be anemic for a bit afterword. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
So I got a job working for the Catholic Church that paid health insurance. Annual gynecological exams were covered, so for the first time in my life, I could get help. I could be fixed and functional. I was so happy I’m sure I was crying when I found out I didn’t have to live like that anymore. Until I found out that the Michigan Catholic Conference, who provided the paid insurance, had a blanket ban on bc medications.
I’m a good dog. I know to not bite the hand that feeds. I know full well there’s no way I’m overturning two millennia of the belief that sex has to be allowed to have the chance to result in pregnancy. So I respect their teaching. I started the appeal process. I had a doctor, who’s a living model of the Catholic teachings regarding family, who was willing to stand in front of a board of entitled white celibate men and tell them it was a MEDICAL NECESSITY. Hell, she was even willing to testify that there was medical proof I wasn’t sexually active, and therefore not subverting the Church’s teachings. I had a previous employer willing to come forward and talk about how non-functional I got EVERY MONTH before I finally got the medication.
It wasn’t good enough. Without hiring a lawyer, which I couldn’t afford, and taking it to court, they shut me right down. They essentially told me I was less than human in their eyes, and that I deserved to be that sick for a week every month. I like to think that’s the moment I fell into poor standing as a Catholic. Trust me, though, I know what it feels to be so desperate for income that you take that sort of shit. Now there’s thousands of women taking that shit. That isn’t right at all.
I can’t relate to the users of bc who use it to protect against unwanted pregnancies the way I can with the women who just want to function, but I respect you all. You have the right to care for your body, and I will fight for that right. I don’t have to understand or even know your reasoning. You are people, and you deserve to be healthy and happy. I’m not exactly a woman, but I stand with you all. Please keep fighting. The women we’ve gotten into power know our struggle. They’re trying to help. Let’s all keep fighting for our health and happiness.