Planning Pagan Families Includes Access To EC

#ECinOurHands

After 10 years of debate in the U.S., emergency contraception (EC) is now on store shelves nationwide.  Access to safe, reliable contraception is an essential part of our healthcare and ability to plan our families.

Today is the first day of an #ECOTC Week of Celebration planned from August 1st to August 8th. Check out the celebratory and informative Tumblr site where you can upload a photo of EC in your own hands.

We’ve discussed contraception so rarely here at Pagan Families that I hadn’t even created a Contraception category for posts until right now. I’d love to publish some guest posts about Pagan approaches to contraception of all kinds, emergency and otherwise. Oh, and if you take an #ECinOurHands photo, share it on our Facebook page too!

About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary, founding editor of Pagan Families, and the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • Marlene Dotterer

    This is a topic I’m very curious about. I’ve never used contraception and I’m too old to need it now. But I’ve heard so many awful things about how the Pill affects our bodies and cycles. I don’t know if any of it is true or exaggerated (or underplayed), but I’d love to hear what other women have experienced. I’m especially curious to hear from other Pagan women, because I believe our bodies and cycles are sacred. We shouldn’t ingest something that’s going to cause major disruption or damage. Yet I DON’T believe we should have pregnancy after pregnancy throughout our childbearing years. I do know that total breastfeeding can pause our fertility, but based on my experience, it doesn’t work perfectly for every woman. I had six pregnancies in eight years, and I never stopped breastfeeding the entire time. I had to get divorced to stop having babies!

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say. It’s an important topic.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Thank you for this comment Marlene. You’ve raised so many of the issues that I had in mind.

    • Simon Bransby

      My cycles may be sacred, but I NEED my BC pills to keep them from harming me. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and severe Endometriosis. Before I could afford my pills, I was soaking through 4-6 overnight maxis per day, and I don’t mean just dirty…I mean saturated. I endured a ruptured cyst and bled right through my pants. I was in a state of constant exhaustion and weakness from the non-stop deluge. When I got my first batch of BC, it was truly a miracle. Within the first hour of taking it, the bleeding stopped cold. The adjustment for the first month was hell. Cramping so bad my entire pelvis locked up, back spasms that reminded me of kidney stones ( I have had them too!), and an enduring rage were the price I paid. Things settled down with the next month, and now I’m myself as I haven’t been in years. I have more strength, almost no pain in the pittance that remains of my once gargantuan flow, and I feel much more clear headed and emotionally stable than I have ever been. Thanks to a “magical whore pill” I get to have a life and my sanity back.

  • Sandi Dunham

    I firmly believe that having a family.. or not should be in our control.. many of us have had our 2 kids and a dog and do not wish to have any more children. But we do not want to make permanent physical damage in order to not concieve. sometime the barrier method breaks and we may wish immediate birth control instead of bringing a child that was not planned for that we cannot afford to have into an already over populated world. Thanks to the Gods and Goddesses that the Goverment had not taken that away from us


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