Warning: My inner dork is revealed at the end of this post.
In years past, I’ve tended to establish new year’s resolutions with three basic themes:
- Eat Healthier
- Exercise More
- Be Nicer
Like many people I know, my inner struggles don’t seem to change that much from year to year. Unless we’ve had a major, life-changing experience we tend to keep battling our well-known demons.
This year, I’ve decided to try something new — something that boils down to “find the positive” and “be part of the solution.”
What does this have to do with family planning and reproductive rights? Funny you should ask.
I originally started the new year with a rant about politicians who are discussing birth control as though it were some new evil in the world. I wanted to say, “Dudes, get over it. Birth control is not rocket science. And it’s not controversial as some folks would like us to think. Bah!” I’m sure you get the idea.
There’s definitely a purpose for this type of writing. It satisfies the need to let off steam, to express justifiable rage, and to point out what others may not know about or what they may wish to ignore.
But I don’t want to get stuck there. I need to say, “Okay, I get it. That’s really rotten. Now, what shall we do about it?” And that kind of thinking takes me down a totally new path.
2011 was a bad year for reproductive rights in the U.S. and 2012 may not be much better. The governor of Virginia just signed new politically-motivated regulations that will limit safe, legal abortion access in that state.
But there’s lots of good stuff happening too.
I plan to highlight the positive, innovative, uplifting things happening to promote access to abortion care and family planning in Maine and around the country. Starting right now.
In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month I’d like to highlight the Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program. MBCHP provides free health screenings for women age 40 and over who meet the program’s generous income guidelines. All Maine family planning health centers participate in the program. Contact your local family planning health center for more info.
There, that feels like a really nice way to start a brand new year!
In epic battles of Good vs. Evil, good always wins. Right?
Right! And I have to believe that we will too.
I invite you to use the comments section of this blog to share stories you know of people doing good to ensure access to reproductive health and rights. You’ll be glad you did!