Lena Dunham Writes New York Times Op-Ed About Birth Control

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Lena Dunham Birth Control

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Lena Dunham wrote a New York Times op-ed about birth control. Published online on Friday night, the column features the star advocating for oral contraceptives on behalf of those who use them for pain management.

“Lena Dunham: Losing Birth Control Could Mean a Life of Pain,” reads the headline on the newspaper’s website. Dunham starts the piece by describing a crippling pain that caused her to black out at age 12. It would be 15 years before she was diagnosed with endometriosis. “My only savior during much of that time? Oral contraception,” she says.

Dunham writes that birth control “should be covered by all insurance policies” simply because such pills “are many women’s method of choice for preventing unintended pregnancy.” “But,” she points out, “for millions of women living with endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cystic acne, migraines, uterine abnormalities and a history of ectopic pregnancies, birth control can be a crucial, even lifesaving, medical treatment.” She goes on to state about endometriosis:

“Imagine if this disease that affects about one in 10 women of reproductive age were allowed to progress unhindered. Imagine losing these women’s essential contributions to our world because of a treatable illness.

Well, if the Trump administration follows through on its plan to roll back the requirement that insurers cover birth control (revealed in leaked government documents last week), you won’t have to imagine it. The documents outline a chilling proposal that would allow any employer to deny coverage of birth control at any time and for any reason. Women who rely on oral contraception would suddenly be living in a very different reality, one in which some could become disabled as their disease progressed.

For women with financial means, the rollback would be inconvenient and unfair, as other necessary medications remain covered. But for women living near or below the poverty line, it would be disastrous, jeopardizing their ability to work and provide for their families.”

Dunham further argues, “If the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress succeed in stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and giving employers carte blanche to deny women necessary medication under murky notions of moral disdain, all paths to health and wellness will disappear for a huge swath of Americans.” The “Girls” creator acknowledges, “I am one of the lucky ones. I can continue to do my job as a writer and a director, work directly with doctors to ensure my disease is controlled, and feel the support of millions when I am let down by my own body.”

“But many are not so fortunate. And it is not only celebrities with access to the voice of the news media who deserve the chance to be heard on this essential issue,” she says. “I encourage every reader to reach out to their members of Congress and voice their opposition to this rollback, as well as to the attacks on Planned Parenthood.”

Dunham concludes, “At a time when we have no guarantee of health care or protection from our administration, every woman you love, sick or well, is depending on you. Please do not let us down.” Sharing the article on Twitter, the actress-producer further said, “The proposed rollbacks on birth control are not just an inconvenience. We will NOT be silent. Thank you.”

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Dunham was hospitalized last year with a ruptured cyst, a consequence of her endometriosis. Earlier this year, she believed a recent surgery had left her cured. Sadly, that was not the case, and she has been in and out of hospital emergency rooms several times since then.

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