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Contraception Approved — But It’s Not About Birth Control

Contraception Approved — But It’s Not About Birth Control

 

It’s a huge victory for women everywhere: Contraception will now be covered at no cost on insurance plans, saving many hundreds of dollars or more a year in prescriptions and co-pays.

But in a strange moment of spin from the Obama administration, it seems as if they want to distance themselves from actually promoting birth control, as if they are worried about taking a side in the so-called “debate.”† According to Stephanie Cutter, a deputy senior adviser to President Obama, who spoke on CBS:

“This isn’t about abstinence. This is not about preventing unwanted pregnancies. This is about women’s health. There are known benefits based on the science, based on the experts, based on the independent studies of the Institute of Medicine that keep women healthy, if you lower the cost of contraceptive services. These are FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved contraceptive services. It helps with keeping women healthy, it helps with lowering the rates of low-birth weight (babies), lowering (the number of) premature births and helping women with chronic conditions have children in a healthy way.”

So approving contraception for the purpose of just not having a child isn’t good enough?† Instead, it needs to be “to create healthier babies?”

It becomes even more clear that the administration is trying to avoid “controversy” when you take into account the “religious exemption” placed on the mandate, that allows any religious business, organization or nonprofit that chooses not to offer birth control an opt out offer, if they choose to enact it.

That’s right, a conscience clause on mandatory coverage of birth control.† Even when it comes to women’s health, religious freedom always comes first.

 

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7:52AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

*** NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO ABOUT WOMEN'S BODY****
We have the choice to decide what to do by ourselves...religious rules have the habit to think what they say is in god's name...but I don't believe in god...and I do want have the right to decisde by myself if live or die ...and if have or not a child...the curch have to sart learning to respect individuals's choises...birth control is a woman's choice...they are not allowed to decide for my life...

8:05AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Hey look, it's better than nothing. You guys complain too much. If you only accept the highest standard of laws, then you won't get that far.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Hey look, it's better than nothing. You guys complain too much. If you only accept the highest standard of laws, then you won't get that far.

3:39AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

sometimes I just want to roll my eyes at these statements.

4:58PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Women always 2nd class..

1:31PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Birth control medication is for different health conditions, including birth control. Erectile dysfunction medication is also for different health problems, mainly to facilitate non-reproductive sex. The religious protest against female health care but not male health care around this allegedly religious issue is one more indicator that it is women's dignity and power that bothers them, not sexual license.

1:10PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Robin M, what is wrong with you? You are always, almost always trying to make problems where there are none. I found nothing wrong with Ms. Cutter's remarks. Contraceptives are use for preventing pregnancies and for other women's healthcare issue, as you and almost every women on this planet knows. For once can't you be happy that one of women's most important issues won a victory. Get a grip Robin.

4:56PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I personally agree with the right to take, or not to take, birth control pills. They were developed to help a woman through problem menstral cycles and a host of other things. In my case it was to control ovarian cysts and regulate my cycles. Absolutely no problems taking them, but the cause of the cysts could be blamed on my first husband who was abusive and alcoholic, hence, prevention as well, BIG TIME.

4:26PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Birth control is the woman's choice. Other people, and religious rules do not have the right to control any persons body.

4:17PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Unfortunate about the opt-out clause, but good that female contraceptives become more accessible - as someone else wrote, perhaps it was a necessary compromise.

Re unwanted pregnancies and men taking consequences for their actions and paying, etc... children are not consequences, they are human beings. I find it utterly unacceptable that people see them simply as a "side-effect" of having unprotected sex (and it does take two), or in other cases used in a political/religious argument.

Kids are wonderful, but people should absolutely not (risk to) conceive any unless they're really wanted. That means taking responsibility before the fact, thus preventing it - I find anything after fairly meaningless.

So, again, good that this legislation has gone through, as it will enable more women to both protect themselves better, as well as prevent unwanted offspring. It's part of the solution.

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