This ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Parody On Plan B Explains That It’s ‘Just A Pill’
If you’ve ever wished your sex education had a little more song and dance and animated cartoons of birth control, you’re in luck. Reproductive rights advocacy group Lady Parts Justice League created a Schoolhouse Rock parody video about Plan B. The video, titled I’m Just a Pill, debunks some of the myths surrounding the morning-after pill through song, and it’s arguably the most nostalgic way to better educate yourself on Plan B.
The video features an animated Plan B pill singing and dancing around through a grocery store, football field, and the capitol. If that wasn’t reason enough to watch, the pill is voice by feminist role model Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo from Orange is the New Black. Also, to save you an inevitable Google search, here’s the original Schoolhouse Rock song I’m Just a Bill.
The group behind the video, Lady Parts Justice League, is educating the people on reproductive rights through humor and pop culture. In their own words on their website, they believe “if there is not laughter, dancing and sexy time in your revolution, you need to fix that.” If that mission statement makes your heart flutter as much as mine, check out their state-by-state guide on reproductive rights and their music video inFormation, a Beyoncé parody about how denying access to birth control disproportionately affects women of color. But first, check out I’m Just a Pill below. Disclaimer: It’s going to get stuck in your head. Don’t fight it.
If you’re wondering why conversations about Plan B matter right now, look no further than Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. As Gorsuch heads into his third day of confirmation hearings, pro-choice advocates are concerned about the future of reproductive health under Gorsuch. While seated on the bench for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch’s opinions favored Hobby Lobby in the landmark case that allowed private and public corporations to deny birth control coverage on grounds of religious freedom. It’s already difficult to buy Plan B; that ruling made it even more so.
Check out a few of the facts the video clears up below, and watch the full video for a big lesson on the little pill.
Yes, A Pharmacist Can Deny Selling You Birth Control
No, Plan B Is Not An “Abortion Pill”
Despite the way the morning-after pill has been discussed politically, Plan B blocks pregnancy; it doesn’t terminate it. The pill prevents the person taking it from getting pregnant in the first place. So, the notion that it’s an “abortion pill” is both a misnomer and scientifically incorrect political rhetoric.
When Life Begins Is An Opinion, But Pregnancy Is A Fact
As the video states, “when life begins is an opinion. When pregnancy begins is a scientific fact.” I’m Just a Pill uses football to explain the difference between when fertilization happens and when pregnancy happens, hereby making it the only sports analogy that should ever be used to describe sex.