No More Excuses: Free Birth Control for All!

No More Excuses: Free Birth Control for All!

No more whining about no access. You got it. Now–no more excuses.

Author : Christelyn Karazin

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This on CNN:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women’s preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the decision is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s move to stop problems before they start. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” she said in a news release.

In July, the Institute of Medicine issued the results of a scientific review of women’s health needs and provided recommendations on specific preventive measures to help them. Today HHS approved those recommendations.

Besides contraceptive use, the list includes free screenings for conditions such as gestational diabetes and the human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as breastfeeding support and counseling on sexually transmitted diseases. The full list is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

The decision to offer free contraception was not supported by all. For example, groups like the Family Research Council claims the decision “undermines the conscience rights of many Americans” and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of Committee on Pro-Life Activities with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says “pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible.” They feel the decision forces people to participate who may have moral or religious convictions that oppose contraception use.

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  1. JazzFest
    August 6, 2011

    I’m all for breast feeding services, and screenings, and some of the other things mentioned.

    I just feel like adding free birth control will significant reduce the chance of pregnancy but won’t get at the root of the problem or even address all the issues. No form of birth control is 100% effective. And then what about STDs?

    Not to mention the fact that hormonal birth control can have deleterious effects on women’s health, or the feminist complaint of why there isn’t birth control for men? ( I don’t have solid facts, but apparently there was an attempt for birth control for men in the 70s/80s but it was deemed too dangerous…)

    I think for the last while there has been this sex crazed culture. Taking a beautiful natural thing and fetishizing it to the point where we have to want crazy sex all the time because THAT is our natural desire…OH REALLY?!?!

    I like the No Wedding, No Womb campaign. I like the idea of women just being able to be in a position where they can say NO and for that to be okay. For women to demand commitment before they have a child with someone.

    I even want women to demand commitment before they even sleep with someone (but hey…I’m old-fashioned that way lol).

    Anyway this whole thing is obviously a large and complex issue.


  2. JoeClyde
    August 9, 2011

    I actually agree with this.