$600 worth of Instant Lunch Ramen, 165 cases, was stacked five-feet high on the Oval today, accompanied by a pink banner reading, “Cover My Pills”. Several Ohio State students stood by the pile giving the Ramen away.
$600 a year is how much that co-pay free birth control can save a woman each year, and the Obama Administration is under pressure in D.C. about their decision to support co-pay free birth control said Jaime Gaynes, VOX member, and fourth-year psychology major.
“As a college student I feel strongly about this. I need $600 to pay tuition. This is money that can be used to feed a family, make sure kids don’t go to sleep hungry,” she said.
Ongoing this week is pressure from some Catholic leaders opposing the pending federal rule, backed by the Obama Administration, requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has proposed a bill that could allow employers to cut off their coverage of birth control by citing religious grounds. Conversely, there has also been vocalized support for the rule from Democrats like Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York.
The pressure from religious leaders and rumors of the Obama Administration going back to the drawing board is the cause for this campus campaign funded by Planned Parenthood. The campaign will spread campus to campus; Ohio State is the first campus to use this ‘Ramen tactic’.
The students stood on the Oval conveying this message to other students and giving away packs of Ramen with paper slips attached. The slips featured directive to text the White House in support of birth control access, particularly directing the reader to thank Obama.
Ohio State student groups for increasing women’s social justice: Women and Allies Rising in Resistance (WARR), VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood), and Ohio Feminists for Representation (OFFR), joined together to put on the event.