The Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “ObamaCare,” approved free birth control and healthcare for nearly 47 million American women last Wednesday.
I grew up in a conservative Indian household, which also means I had never seen what a vagina looked like until I opened up a sex-ed textbook for the first time in the 9th grade. Since 95% of Indian media is based around the notion of marriage, there was a heavy belief of marriage in my family. If I got a woman pregnant, not only would I have gotten a traditional ass-beating, my parents would have expected me to marry the girl…on a henna-decorated elephant and all!
A lot has changed since my first sex-ed class in high school. Fast food chains that have a stance on gay marriage is one thing. USA has the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the developing world, yet is 27th in the world for mathematics. When you live in a country where the majority average is 3 divorces per household, and teen pregnancy numbers exceed pregnancies of married couples, something was clearly missing from our curriculum of sex-ed: the sex-ed. It’s better to have access to actual birth control, rather than relying on pictures of blue diseased vaginas, illustrations of penises that looked like tropical fungus, and photos of aborted fetus to promote abstinence. Most STDs do not manifest physically throughout an individual’s lifetime.
USA has the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the developing world. ObamaCare provided care for over 47 million women across America. So why did Republicans veto ObamaCare 33 times?
We are 27th in the world for mathematics. You do the math.