Want to Earn More Money? Start Using Birth Control

This just in: A study has proven that couples who use birth control earn more, and that their own children earn more down the road.

Raise your hand if you are at all surprised. Anyone?

A new study about to be released by Martha Bailey, an economist at University of Michigan, lays out the basic facts: Families that have easy access to cheap, available birth control are shown to have children who earn more down the road, compared to the average earning rates of those who were born before the pill was legal.

When you really sit down and think about it, the results shouldn’t be too shocking. Families who have access to family planning services have fewer children, allowing them both to be able to work more because one of them isn’t always at home caring for a child, out of work giving birth or working at the type of jobs that tend to go to those who come in and out of the job market.

As for their own children earning more, with less kids to put through school and more individual attention, there is little surprise that those children would also go on to be higher earners, building on their own family’s growing potential.

What is surprising, however, is how these simple economic facts fly in the face of the policy stances of the allegedly pro-family, pro-business GOP. For a party that claims its biggest desire is the economic success for all American families, it spends a ridiculous portion of its own time obsessed with ensuring access to birth control remains as difficult as possible.

Recently, the Republican Party allowed its far right faction to hijack and shut down the government in order to rid the country of the menace that is the Affordable Care Act, especially irked by the fact that a key component of the reform is requiring that birth control be covered with no co-pay. Over 70 federal lawsuits were filed against the birth control mandate under the guise of religious freedom, and until recently Republican House leaders were said to be working hand in hand with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops on continuing the shutdown until Obamacare and birth control coverage were eliminated.

These latest moves come after years of trying to strip funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, even those who only supply birth control and do not offer abortion services, knowing that the end result is to create deserts for family planning services in the very areas of the country where access is the most necessary. Just look at Texas and the over 70 subsidized contraception providers that have closed since the “non-abortion funding” Texas Women’s Health Program went into effect. Only about 25 of those clinics were even Planned Parenthood affiliates.

So why is the family budget obsessed GOP so adamant about eliminating access to a simple measure that is so obviously tied to better economic outcomes for all American families? In reality, this is a mostly new development. Even the Bushes, as Republican a family as you can find in the U.S., used to at one time be great believers in Planned Parenthood, and the birth control mandate was in many ways in effect for most of the George W. Bush administration with little GOP hand-wringing.

Like much of what we’ve seen in the current political landscape, the opposition to birth control has become another plank in the platform of the Tea Party, who claims to be a simple, fiscal based political group, but increasingly has shown an alarming tendency towards rooting for a Biblical theocracy in our country.

As long as the Tea Party continues to pull the strings on today’s GOP, expect contraception to be eliminated in every avenue they have access to, regardless of how fiscally responsible family planning truly is.

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Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago


Jim Ven
Jim V8 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago


Dale O.

v.s. states: "If sex is only for pleasure then I suppose go ahead & use birth control. A sexual union means more when a couple is committed to each other and their future family."

v.s., a couple can be truly committed to each other and still use birth control. Being committed as a couple does not negate the use of birth control if that is the couples wish. It appears that some people who follow certain religious doctrines where sex is seen as some sort of sin (unless having procreation in mind) believe that all others are somehow morally 'wrong' to feel pleasure from a perfectly normal and marvellous aspect of human biology that most couples feel no shame in engaging in and expressing their bond for each other.

Those using birth control are just as committed to their union as those who do not.
You also state that common sense rather than chemicals can determine the number of children you have. How so? By not having sex unless wanting children? That is hardly considered common sense by many at all, just being celibate, which most couples refuse to do in any relationship with each other. Most people are not celibate. Many monks or nuns are celibate but certainly not the average person.

Margaret Goodman
Margaret G4 years ago

v.s. I'm confused. What is this common sense that you are touting? From what you write, I infer that it does not have to be purchased and that it involves no chemicals. What are the chemicals that you are referring to? Birth control pills, IUDs, soft drinks, condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, soap and water, ...?

Also it sounds as if you do not like the idea that any sexual activity should be for pleasure only. So, once a family has reached its desired size, do the parents quit having sexual activity?

Susan T.
Susan T4 years ago

you know what? like I commented above, I used BC because I did not want to have kids since I could not afford them and my family has a lot of health problems and I knew bringing a child into this world would not be a good choice.

Using birth control made no economic difference in my life.....and saying only smart people should have kids smells Hitleresk to me....

v s.
v s4 years ago

This is the most ridiculous thing I have read today. When a family has morals & values in the first place, they plan a family without chemicals. To suggest by the "proof" of a limited study that you will automatically earn more & your future children will earn more is nieve. This article strongly suggests using chemicals to control the amount of children you have instead of using common sense. Common sense doesn't cost anything & using it often will help you with discerning how many children you should have. If sex is only for pleasure then I suppose go ahead & use birth control. A sexual union means more when a couple is committed to eachother and their future family.

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Susan T.
Susan T4 years ago

I used birth control, my employer did not pay me more, I did not earn more and this study seems to me to be hogwash

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago