Jill Filipovic is a lawyer and widely known American feminist author. She was written articles for Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and Time. Of course, she couldn’t avoid the theme of American election and the personality of Donald Trump in her latest articles. One of her latest statements was made about abortion and birth control and how these things will be realized now.


Who Is Jill Filipovic?

Jill Fillipovic


Jill graduated from New York University. Now she works as a lawyer in Manhattan and writes for many law-orientated publications like Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the NYU School of Law Alumni Magazine, and Ms. JD. She was an editor for AlterNet’s Reproductive Justice and Gender section, the Washington Square News, the New York University Review of Law and Social Change, and the NYU School of Law Alumni Magazine. She also can be called a feminist journalist, because she publishes a lot of articles on feminism and women rights for wide audience in The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and Huffington Post.

Her first contribution to a feminist anthology is Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape – she wrote a part “Offensive feminism: the conservative gender norms that perpetuate rape culture, and how feminists can fight back”.

Jill was always really concerned with women rights, misogyny of our society and now after Donald Trump election we see just more and more messages from her on how the women’s life is going to become a lot complicated.


The Right For Birth Control

Jill Fillipovic

When Rep. Tom Price, ObamaCare opponent, was nominated to be Health and Human Service secretary Jill pointed out that it is “just one peek at what Trump’s notorious misogyny will look like when it’s translated into policy.” Tom Price is known to be as an anti-abortion and anti-contraception congressman and an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, an organization that serves more than 2.5 million patients, many of them low-income, every year.

Tom Price assumes that before ObamaCare women had perfect conditions and birth control was totally affordable for anyone. Fillipovic is reasonably arguing with him, because spending $1,000 in the gynecologist’s office, when you’re already paying for health care via your insurance isn’t what everyone can afford.

Researches show that long-acting contraceptive methods, like IUDs, are the most effective at preventing unwilling pregnancy. The reasons are simple: condom can be breaken during the act, a pill can be missed. But the long-acting methods are the most expensive ones. An IUD usually costs between $600 and $900, and can be up to $2,600. An even birth control pills are not so affordable – choosing this method a woman will pay $50 per a month, which also quite hard for a single mother, or a student, for example.


What Is It Really About?

At first, it seems like it is so rational to make birth control more affordable and by that reduce the number of uninitiated pregnancies and abortions. But it is not what it is really about. As Filipovic says: “they care more about women having sex than they do about women being healthy”. She assumes that the idea of all these pro-life organizations is not about life, but about not giving “women more freedom to enjoy recreational sex without suffering economically, professionally or medically from an unwanted pregnancy”.

Jill Fillipovic

Actually, we all thought that the conversation over woman right to control her own fertility is long ago over. But apparently it’s not, Trump reminded us about it.

Jill Fillipovic is trying to deliver a simple message – women must have an opportunity to have control over their own body. And not only privileged women who can afford it, but every woman. What it can give them and all the people? First of all, less mortality among women and children. More girls and women getting good education, more women making their dreams come true, making their carrier. More women can support themselves, their family or to leave an abusive partner. An of course, women can have sex without the anxiety of pregnancy, which makes relationship more comfortable and make women, men and children happier.

Jill Fillipovic

However, Fillipovic thoughts are not so bright, because there is now problem – now with Trump and his team in charge birth control becomes a service only for privileged women. For Trump women are just walking beauties that he can ogle or just bodies that he can grab. The idea about a woman as an independent person who can have control over her life and body apparently never occurred Trump.

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