Choice, infertility and the birth control pill.
This year, right around this time, is the 56th birthday of the pill. No other real description is necessary. We all know what that means.
The Birth Control Pill & Your Family Building Choice
Birth control, being able to not have a baby when we do not wish too, allows us to delay having a baby until we are ready. That's what many of us count on- that we will be able to have a baby when we are ready. Birth control put us in charge over our reproductive rights, to choose yes and to choose no.
To be able to have a baby. Or not have a baby.
Six years ago, on the 50th anniversary, Kelli Conlin, then president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, said this, “Today, we operate on a simple premise that every little girl should be able to grow up to be anything she wants, and she can only do so if she has the ability to chart her own reproductive destiny.”
Infertility, Choice & Reproductive Freedom
And that’s ultimately what people don’t understand. That infertility takes away choice, removes our “ability to chart her own reproductive destiny.” That choosing or not choosing to have babies is not only about not choosing to have babies. Choice is also about saying yes to becoming a parent, to saying yes to having a baby.
The same goes for reproductive rights. Our right to say yes. And our right to say no.
With infertility, the birth control pill plays a role. It's often used when a fertility treatment cycle protocol calls for either a stall in a reproductive cycle or to put a pause in to control an IVF or IUI cycle more effectively.
Supporting reproductive rights and choice means being able to choose to have a baby. Let's not forget that as the conversation about reproductive rights continues.