Erin Brokovich's new fight for women and contraception

Essure is a form of birth control that if marketed as "the only non-surgical permanent birth control available." Users of the contraceptive have reported painful and concerning side effects, along with ineffectiveness.

The device is FDA approved but a dedicated group is lobbying to change that. Erin Brokovich, the lawyer made famous by the Hollywood movie, is fighting to get this harmful contraceptive off the shelves and unavailable to women.

Brokovich got involved in the case after being contacted by thousands of women about the pre-empted drug. The pre-empted product was pre-approved for the market but there is legal recourse for the company if something goes wrong.

Brokovich explains her campaign to bring awareness for women to make better more informed decisions for herself.

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Erin Brokovich's new fight for women and contraception

10. Kansas

Gender wage gap: 79 cents per dollar (25th best)
Poverty rate, women: 15.2% (23rd lowest)

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9. Alabama

Gender wage gap: 79 cents per dollar (12th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 20.5% (5th highest)

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8. Indiana

Gender wage gap: 74 cents per dollar (7th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 17.5% (20th highest)

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7. South Dakota

Gender wage gap: 75 cents per dollar (10th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 15.5% (24th lowest)

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6. Montana

Gender wage gap: 74 cents per dollar (6th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 17.7% (18th highest)

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5. North Dakota

Gender wage gap: 70 cents per dollar (5th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 12.8% (10th lowest)

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4. Mississippi

Gender wage gap: 77 cents per dollar (16th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 26.6% (the highest)

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3. Idaho

Gender wage gap: 76 cents per dollar (13th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 16.2% (7th lowest)

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2. Wyoming

Gender wage gap: 69 cents per dollar (2nd worst)
Poverty rate, women: 12.1% (7th lowest)

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1. Utah

Gender wage gap: 70 cents per dollar (4th worst)
Poverty rate, women: 13.6% (13th lowest)

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