Birth Control = Freedom
At the National Women’s Law Center, we know that birth control access is directly tied to a person’s ability to control their bodies and their lives. Birth control is often oversimplified and stereotyped. This piece breaks down those misconceptions and highlights the range of communities impacted by access to contraception, and the hope and freedom that comes with it – especially in light of our country’s troubled history with reproductive coercion.
For generations, reproductive coercion has been used as a cruel method to systematically target and hold back enslaved Africans and their descendants, Latinx communities, people living with disabilities, and low-income communities.
Our right to control our own bodies continues to be under attack today, and we are fighting back. Join us by visiting Birth Control Way, posting your images on social media, and sharing how birth control has been core to your community, your health care, your wellbeing, and your future using the hashtag #ILoveMyBC.
Birth Control Way is located at 909 U Street NW in Washington D.C.
Birth control gives us freedom, just as this mural depicts, and it also gives us a voice. At the National Women’s Law Center we use our voice to ensure that everyone has access to birth control no matter where they live, work, or go to school. We do this by:
- Working with state legislatures and Congress to pass laws that protect birth control access.
- Showing up in the courts, through lawsuits and friend of the court briefs, to make sure birth control is protected by law.
- Helping people with their birth control coverage.
- Collecting and sharing people’s birth control stories with policy makers to make it even more clear why birth control matters in our lives.
About the Artist
Rose Jaffe is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital illustration. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, Rose loves calling Washington, D.C. home. She earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and has pursued an art career full time after teaching middle and high school art in the city. She has painted over 30 murals nationally and internationally, including over 20 in her hometown of D.C. The themes of her work most often include political activism, social justice, natural healing, and spiritual grounding. Her work is vibrant, colorful and playful. She is dedicated to the work of harnessing the power of art to find connections, build community, spark conversation and create social change.