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Rebecca, 23,

I am 23 years old and have been using birth control since I was 18. I'd always had pain and discomfort during my menstrual cycles, and it got worse as I entered my teens. At age 22, I had a laparoscopy and was diagnosed with endometriosis. Some of the endometriosis was surgically treated, but right now the simplest way for me to continue treating it is to take birth control continuously. This prevents me from having a menstrual cycle and lessens my pain, though only slightly.

With the war on access to birth control and abortion services that is currently taking place amongst Congress members, I've become increasingly fearful of what the future holds for women in America. If I were no longer able to obtain birth control, I don’t know what I would do to control my symptoms.

One of the very few comforts I have in this situation is the knowledge that I am not alone, and that others have the same fears as I do. So many of us are anxious and angry about how Congress is handling women’s health and reproductive rights. Plenty of us have probably asked ourselves, “What right do these people have to interfere with my body and my choices?” To all women with these worries, I urge you to speak up. Let your voices be heard, and stand up for your reproductive freedom. We must remember all the hard work and dedication that was originally put forth to give women this freedom in the first place. We must not let it fall apart in the hands of Congress.

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