Women’s fight for reproductive rights is one that has been battled for centuries. As far back as 1808, with the publication of Samuel Jennings’ “The Married Woman’s Companion,” women have been trying to gain control of their bodies. Jennings’ book gave women information they could use to control their own reproductive processes. It caused controversy and censorship, but it did open the doors to women understanding how their bodies worked and how they could control their reproductive health.

Over 100 years later, the precursor to Planned Parenthood was formed with the creation of the National Birth Control League in 1916. Planned Parenthood continues to educate women about their reproductive health choices and has been at the forefront of helping fight the battles over restricting women’s rights to make choices for their own bodies.

Recently, lawsuits were filed against the Obama administration over its policies of making birth control accessible to all women. Research has shown that 99 percent of sexually active women in America, including 98 percent of Catholic women, have reported using contraception at some point in their lives. Eighty-eight percent of women in the United States who are sexually active are using some form ofcontraception other than natural family planning.

With numbers like this, it is clear that the issue of contraception is an issue for almost all American women. Prescription birth control is basic preventative health care for women and should be covered by insurance as the Obama administration has mandated, but if successful, these lawsuits could turn back the clock to where women’s choices are limited again–especially for women of color and poor women, who often have more limited options because of financial limitations.

It has been proven that women who participate in family planning are better able to be a productive part of the workforce.

According to a Hart Research poll, nearly three-fourths of American voters–71 percent–believe insurers should be required to fully cover the birth control pill and other forms of prescription contraception. Twenty-eight states already have laws requiring contraception be covered by health insurance, without controversy.

The right is pushing as hard as it can to defund organizations like Planned Parenthood–which was actually founded and supported by a number of Republican women–because they help women make informed choices and give them options. The Obama administration, too, wants women to have options when it comes to family planning. That is why it mandated that birth control be covered under health insurance.

We are at a point in time when women could lose all their rights to their bodies at any moment. The ability to have contraception is the ability to decide, to an extent, what your future and the future of your children looks like. We must continue to fight against those who want to take away access and those who want to take away choice.

For many, it is not really a choice, but the reality of what the future holds. Let women make the decisions of what is right for them, not a lawsuit that doesn’t even take them into account.