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This Valentine’s Day, students on campuses across the country are engaging their Senators and Speaker John Boehner via “Birth Control 4 Us,” a campaign launched to protect young women’s access to birth control.

The Obama Administration’s decision this January not to expand religious exemptions to no-copay birth control was a step in the right direction in providing women basic health care. No woman should be denied their right to medical services because she can’t afford the high deductibles, or because her insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. The Catholic Health Association has already come out in support of this solution, and it’s Republicans in Congress that now stand in the way of birth control access.

“Making contraception available doesn’t mean you have to use it,” said Callie Otto a student at Catholic University. “If you have a religious conflict I respect your right not to use it, but no one should be able to take that decision away from me.”

When 99% of women in the U.S. say they have used birth control, the issue of contraceptives isn’t controversial — it’s common sense, but social conservatives would like you to believe otherwise. The time for us to fight back against this barrage of negative attacks is now.
“The Senate and Congress have a responsibility to the two million students and workers at religious universities,” said Jessika Parry, a student of Boston College.

Join us today, February 14th, as our student-led coalition officially launches “Birth Control 4 Us.” This is one of many actions that thousands of students — on campuses across the nation — will take this week in support of no-cost birth control.

Today, join Medical Students for Choice, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Choice USA, NARAL, Strong Families, Nursing Students for Choice, Women’s Media Center, Campus Progress, Young Invincibles, and students on hundreds of campuses in sending protest Valentines to Congress.

Here’s how you can get involved:

TAKE ACTION: "Twitter Storm" Congress with #BC4US valentines.
• Step 1: Click here to download and print your valentines (or make your own!)
• Step 2: Take a picture of yourself holding your valentine
• Step 3: Post them on our Facebook Page or email them to bc4us2012@gmail.com (*)
• Step 4: Tweet these pictures to ".@SpeakerBoehner" and your Senators and make sure to include the hashtag #bc4us. To find your Senator on Twitter, click here.

Join Ciara from Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen in NY!

A special shout-out to the Tell Them  – SWARM Youth Council in South Carolina!  They have been emailing, tweeting, and taking pictures all weekend long. They also emailed our first #bc4us photo below!