Since the 2016 presidential election, there have been many changes regarding the government’s role in issues and programs regarding reproductive health services and reproductive rights. On a federal level, there is a big push to cut the government support of many social programs and reproductive health care services.
Vivian Peters believes that the base of support that voted the current administration into office isn’t focused on the benefits many of these programs bring and she wants to share her insights with a broad, mainstream audience. Regardless of whether you vote or who you voted for, she would like you to be aware of the positive impact that the programs she worked for—which were supported by both public and private funds—had on many individuals and families. In addition, with funding being threatened for reproductive health in general and contraception and Planned Parenthood specifically, she wants people to see how truly transforming many of these services are in a most fundamental way for the people they serve.
Many people hear phrases like ‘the government is too big’, ‘the government wastes money’, or ‘sex education belongs at home’ and those messages resonate with them. It sounds so clean and simple. However, this book clearly demonstrates the way real people—people just like the many disenfranchised voters—are affected by government programs. The author hopes that OOPS! Tales From A Sexpert will give readers a deeper understanding of the urgency of these issues on a very personal level.
Although this book was almost completely written before the 2016 presidential election, and most of the stories are not directly related to the current political climate, some of the new government policies—from restricting access to contraception and abortion within the U.S. to reinstating the Global Gag Rule—provide a call to action that has a new urgency, and the author hopes the book will motivate more citizens to use their voices with their representatives and in the voting booth.