Posted: 07/22/2014 10:33 pm EDT Updated: 07/23/2014 10:59 am EDT
“As the White House took steps to accommodate religious nonprofits wanting to opt out of contraception coverage, HBO’s “Girls” creator Lena Dunham took to Twitter Tuesday evening with a simple question:
I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014
The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling last month dealt a major blow to birth control coverage. At the time, Dunham tweeted her stance that “Women’s access to birth control should not be denied because of their employer’s religious beliefs.” Last week, Eden Foods’ CEO revived a case to deny coverage of all birth control from employees’ healthcare plans.
Within minutes of Dunham’s tweet, both women and men were sharing the many reasons, from health concerns to family planning, that birth control is important to them:
@lenadunham Because I am not physically, financially, or emotionally prepared for parenthood.
— Casey Rae (@cgarci21) July 23, 2014
— Maria Yagoda (@mariayagoda) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham because women have the right to enjoy sex without the confines and fear of a unplanned pregnancy, just as men do
— B (@brattybeeee) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham I need birth control because it is my choice to stop having kids after having had two that I planned and love to pieces.
— Romina Linnell (@RominaML) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham because I have a future jam packed with finishing college, starting a career, and traveling. A baby doesn’t fit into that yet.
— breanna ☮♡ૐ (@BreannaB) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham because I want every girl I ever love to feel safe with every guy they ever love. And bc could help.
— eric (@yungg_dad) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham I don’t want a baby yet and my periods were stupid heavy and now they aren’t 🙂
— Rebecca (@shragger) July 23, 2014
Dunham concluded by thanking the “brave women and sensitive men” and encouraging readers to follow the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to learn more. And then, in typical quirky Dunham fashion, she added:
Oh, one other reason I need birth control: cuz once when I was menstruating real bad I said “my grandma only likes me cuz I’m on TV”
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014“