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We'll begin seeing the first stages of healthcare reform this Fall when insurers start covering preventative care at no extra cost. Among those benefits women and advocates hope for? Birth control.

There are three million unplanned pregnancies in the United States every year. And, according to Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million legal abortions in 2005. That's a lot of unplanning!

Prohibitive cost is one of the most common reasons women opt out of birth control. Even those who can afford something often pass up more effective methods like IUDs or hormonal implants for cheaper, less reliable options like the pill or condoms.


Yet not everyone sees birth control as "preventative care," even though it prevents the very medical condition of pregnancy. "Preventive care should be about preventing disease," said US Conference of Catholic Bishops spokeswoman Deirdre McQuade. "Fertility is not a disease to be cured, and the government should not treat it as that."

If women and pro-choice groups won't be listened to, then maybe we should take it from business. The National Business Group on Health, which represents large employers, supports covering contraception because, ultimately, it saves money. Prenatal and maternity care costs between $8,000 and $11,000 — far more than even the priciest birth control.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Gawj, are you saying you never have recreational sex? Your comment is the sort of thing I would expect from an anon... I understand what you're saying, I mean birth control is wonderful for sexually active women (obviously), but your response is pretty rude and judgmental...
katialoves katialoves 6 years
good topic but, "If women and pro-choice groups won't be listened to..." actually pro-life people are also logical enough to see the benefit of birth control
SpilledCandy SpilledCandy 6 years
Gawj, why the heck is it all about the woman 'keeping her legs closed'? What kind of Neanderthal thinking is that?? I happen to enjoy recreational sex. I use birth control. DEAL WITH IT.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
My thoughts exactly, Pistil.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
one of the most frustrating examples i've heard is a friend of mine who works in the maternity ward of a catholic hospital...all week long, they deliver babies that were unplanned, often to low-income women, but employees willing to take the step to protect themselves are denied coverage
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Why should a Catholic Bishop have any say in a country's healthcare system??
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
This couldn't have been posted at a more perfect time for me. I spent my Tuesday going to my gyno for a birth control prescription. I started seeing someone and I need to get back on it, but they wouldn't just give me a prescription without consultation since I had my annual exam in January. They tried to charge me $60 just to talk to the doctor about bc and then my prescription would be $80 a month (just pills!) because my insurance (BCBS of FL, a decent provider) does not cover birth control! This is completely new to me! Anyways, I ended up at Planned Parenthood because they charge $40 for a consultation and $20 a month for pills, regardless of insurance. I think it's completely absurd to think birth control is still thought of with such disdain by religious figures. It should be available to all women and if they chose to believe their religious leaders then they don't need to purchase it! It's sad that so many women are denied this right to fertility management and end up pregnant, with the government then paying for their poor choices.
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 6 years
This is great!!! Now these women who can't keep their legs closed will at least not be popping children out like a Pez Dispenser. We all know that abstinence is the best way to avoide pregnancy, but for those ladies that think sex is a form of recreation, providing contraception is the best alternative.
beautiful-disaster beautiful-disaster 6 years
it drives me crazy when people go against "preventing" pregnancy. hes right, fertility is NOT a disease, but every woman should be able to decide when to get pregnant. i don't feel that the government is treating it as a disease. what they are doing is giving more options to women who may not be able to afford birthcontrol otherwise. the real issue McQuade has is that people are having sex. he like many others feels that abstinence is the only way to go, and if youre married and having sex the woman should then be a birthing machine if she wants to enjoy sex.
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