At first, this seemed like a great idea (see article below). But, when you consider the fact that half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and that many of those are among women on some form of birth control, you have to wonder. Are they missing a pill here and there, or is the reporting incorrect? The pill is the least effective only because you have to remember to take a pill every day (nearly). Are they just talking about oral contraceptives, or will they cover implants and IUDs as well? Those aren’t cheap, but they are effective! I think this is long overdue, but if it isn’t done right, then it won’t end up curbing the number of unwanted pregnancies. If they truly want to reduce the chances of paying for the raising of numerous babies, then they also need to allow abortion and support the clinics such as Planned Parenthood that not only perform the procedures, but also educate people on contraception and life choices. Additionally, if they are to cover Plan B, then they need to set a limit so that women aren’t just getting free contraception they aren’t using, and then abusing the Plan B. And if they really want to be progressive, they could pay for vasectomies. Now, THAT’s effective!
The AP (11/1, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports, “Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the US, thanks to the new health care law.” A “panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Barack Obama’s overhaul.” The article notes, “The use of birth control is ‘virtually universal’ in the US, according to a government report this summer from the National Center for Health Statistics.” Almost “93 million prescriptions for contraceptives were dispensed in 2009, according to IMS Health, a market analysis firm.” But still, approximately “half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and many occur among women using some form of contraception.”
- Contraception Could Be Free Under Healthcare Law (politics.usnews.com)
- Health overhaul may lead to free birth control (sfgate.com)
- Should Birth Control Be Free? (cosmopolitan.com)