Birth control. Something over 99% of women in childbearing years use at least once in their lives. Yet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to make all federally approved contraception methods available free of charge for new health plans has stirred up loads of controversy.
Take Greg Gutfeld, of Fox News, who stated that this was a way to “eradicate the poor.” Take a look at the video.
Or Heather Childers, who thinks that we don’t need birth control; we just need women to “stop having irresponsible sex.”
Mr. Gutfeld seems unaware that Medicaid, which provides medical care to those in poverty, already provides contraception at no cost to their recipients. This recommendation, from the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, will help the millions of American women who are on the edge. It will help the ones who are having to choose not to have health insurance currently, or not to use it because of deductibles and co-pays. It will help reduce the number of abortions women even need to contemplate, because less will be pregnant if they don’t want to be.
No one is mandating the use of birth control–simply that it be made available at no charge. And apparently there’s still a need for it, as half of the pregancies in America each year are unintended. Not only that, but unintended pregnancies cost taxpayers about $11 Billion each year in publicly funded births, other medical costs for the mother and baby, along with social services needed if the family is in poverty–food, housing, medical care. That’s a nice-sized chunk of change that could be re-routed if it weren’t needed in this area.
Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General, commented that, ” the best contraceptive in the world is a good education.”
These are words that some who rail against free contraception–free federally approved contraception, could take to heart.