“BirthControl is no longer covered by health insurance. Congrats USA, you’re doing your part to keep women out of the work force. #smfh.” These words came from the famous actress Jessica Chastain, a week before the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Why? She wanted to show that women are in need of it and should still be provided by health insurance, but it wasn’t until professional baseball player, Matt Garza, tweeted back to her saying “It’s called abstinence, a word that has been forgotten amongst this generation… it’s the best contraceptive… [hashtag] justsaying(sic)” After tweeting this, the father of six, began getting lashes from many people, saying that he is the one to talk for and should have practiced abstinence a while ago.
To be abstinent means that one had made a choice of not having sexual intercourse, either before marriage or forever, depending on their religious views. To have the birth control means the prevention of having life. So which side would people choose? To be abstinent or to have the birth control? Well, on Twitter, it is clearly evident that having the birth control is better than to be abstinent, which Garza mentions as “the best contraceptive”.
After his post, Garza’s twitter account was deactivated, due to the amount of hate he was receiving. As for Chastain, she is still being applauded for showing her support for birth control.
Having six children does not mean that Garza should have to practice abstinent, but it shows that he is capable of bringing life into the world. Garza wanted his Twitter followers to understand that being abstinent is the key to living a better life where as one does not have to live in worries. But, still, the topic of birth control is circulating and being questioned whether or not it should continue being paid by health insurance.