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July 9, 2014

Stand up against companies and archaic law

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. She later was sentenced to 30 days in jail for causing a “public nuisance.”

In 1965, the Supreme Court gives married couples the right to use birth control, but doesn’t acknowledge the rights of unmarried women until 1972.

And today, the same court has decided that if you are an employee of a private company, your boss deserves a say in what decisions you make regarding your reproductive health.

Birth control is an important medical necessity for the majority of women.

As a 29-year-old woman, birth control has assisted me in pursuing my career, building my financial security, spending time focusing on my marriage, and putting my husband and I in control of deciding when to grow our family.

My birth control is covered by my insurance, and for this I am lucky. I didn’t have to ask anyone, but my doctor, to gain access.

Yet this decision will change that reality for countless women.

Companies like Hobby Lobby should not be allowed to let their personal biases and belief structures impact the daily lives of their employees.

I urge you to think of all the women that you know and love who may be impacted by this decision.

Would you want to sit across from your boss and explain to him or her the reason you need access to contraceptives?

It still seems that people view birth control as a public nuisance instead of a public necessity.

Join us as we take a stand against these archaic laws and the companies that enforce them.

Julie Larkin-Spies

North Mankato

National Organization of Women

South Central Chapter

Citizen involvement crucialto plan for North Mankato

Today, the North Mankato Planning Commission will receive staff’s summary report of citizens comments gathered from informal public meetings held earlier regarding future land-use development and redevelopment.

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