Contraception Insurance Debate

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Contraception Insurance Debate, Lately, there has been a fairly big uproar over contraception. It started with the Obama Administration decision to force religious employers to provide contraception as part of their health insurance offerings, despite the fact that contraception goes against the beliefs of certain religions. After a large outcry, Obama amended his decision.

He said that he recognized the beliefs of religious employers and would require insurance companies to reach out separately to female employees. This has been touted by the Obama Administration as a compromise that preserves the beliefs of religious employers while still making contraception affordable to all women. However, this is little more than a ploy to placate a fairly large voting bloc-Catholic voters.

If an insurance company knows it will have to provide birth control coverage for free to women at religious employers, they are just going to add that cost into the overall plan offered to that employer. There’s no way they’re just going to eat those costs themselves.

The biggest problem with this debate, though, is how we look at birth control. The Obama Administration insists that it is some basic human right that all women should have access to affordable birth control.

But why is that? For some reason, today’s society has decided that fertility is a disease, some terrible burden that no woman should have to bear if she chooses not to. But I can’t think of a single other medication that is used to treat not a disease, but a reflection of a healthy body. Women who are infertile often have other health problems to cause it. Fertility is a sign of a woman’s body working the way it is supposed to. And yet, millions of women take a magic pill to treat this “terrible condition.”

Now, this isn’t to say that no one should ever use birth control, as that’s a very personal decision. Some women use it to help with real medical issues. And some women use it so they won’t get pregnant. That’s fine; just don’t try to tell me it’s some medical necessity.

And what has come out of birth control? Suddenly we can take this “magical” pill and all the consequences of sex go away. Or at least, that’s what we’re told and assume to be true. No matter that it’s a drug that can have serious side effects. And the consequences of sex don’t really go away. We look at the rates of marriage and divorce and are shocked to see one so low and the other so high. But should we really be surprised? One reason men and women get married is so that there will be a stable family environment to bring children into. But now that you can have sex and not worry about kids resulting, why bother? Commitment is hard and scary.

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