Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Support No-Cost Birth Control

NARAL Pro-Choice America

Can you imagine if your employer were allowed to tell you your insurance plan couldn't cover contraception?
Opponents of no-cost birth control are working hard to make this happen.
Anti-contraception groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are leading the charge against the health-care law’s requirement that women receive access to prescription birth control with no copay.
We need to stand strong in support of no-cost birth control.Please send your emergency message to the White House today. The White House will make its decision soon, so we need your message by Friday, November 18.
In the past few weeks, bishops have mobilized thousands of people to demand a policy that allows certain religious employers to opt out of the requirement to cover birth control at no cost.1
If the anti-birth-control forces succeed, many women who work for a corporation — like a hospital or a university — will be denied no — cost birth control. I'm talking about professors, nurses, and administrative staff who rely on their employer for their insurance — just like millions of us.
Birth control is basic health care for women. It's so integral to mainstream culture that 98 percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives. That's nearly all women.
Shouldn't women who happen to work at a Catholic hospital or religious college have the same access to affordable birth control that millions of other women soon will have?
The Obama administration is being flooded with letters from people who oppose birth control, so your message today will make a big difference.
Nancy Keenan
My best,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

1 "Health secretary criticizes anti-abortion advocates for opposing birth control access," The Florida Independent, October 6, 2011

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