What Would a Romney-Ryan White House Cost Your Lady Parts?

NOTE: This is a guest post by Kate Thomas,†a Digital Campaign Strategist for the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Follow her on Twitter at†@katethomas.

Throughout this election cycle, Republicans like Ann Romney have been doing their best to convince the media and women voters that contraception is not an economic issue for women in this election.

This could not be less true. As Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel writes:

The War on Women, as the GOP line goes, is a myth drummed by the liberal media to distract from important economic issues. Issues like jobs, the economy, and building [an] oil pipe across the middle of the country. And unplanned pregnancies aren’t free. And ignoring the health needs of low income women won’t make them go away — it will just make things more complicated and expensive.

Of course the economy, jobs and wages are all important issues to women. What Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan refuse to acknowledge is that contraception is inextricably linked to these issues.

As millions of Americans prepare to head to the polls to cast their ballots on November 6, shouldn’t every woman voter understand the economic reality of what a Romney-Ryan White House would cost them?

Enter SEIU’s birth control calculator:

The data in this new tool – which is embeddable and shareable – applies to all women of roughly childbearing age to calculate how much a Romney-Ryan White House would cost. Per the calculator, for example, a 28-year-old uninsured woman on the pill, patch or vaginal ring would pay $63,528 over the course of her childbearing years if Romney wins.

Considering astounding costs like these, it’s not hard to see why the Romney campaign avoids campaign talk related to reproductive health as much as possible. Because if every woman in America knew the real facts about Romney’s policies to restrict access to contraception and abortion…. well. Perhaps this presidential race wouldn’t be as close as it is on the eve of the election.

If elected, Mitt Romney’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act and reproductive rights would have a profound impact on a women’s health AND economic well-being, as well as that of her family.

For women in America, there arenít many things are more closely tied to our economic health and security than whether or not we are responsible for feeding, clothing and sheltering another human being (besides ourselves, that is). If birth control becomes less accessible and more costly under Romney’s policies, then fewer women will be on birth control.

In terms of healthcare and equality, the Romney-Ryan ticket spells second-class healthcare for women and opens the door for politicians and employers to dictate our personal health decisions.

The choice for women voters today is clear.


Visit http://birthcontrolcalculator.com and share widely with the women in your life via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Photo courtesy of SEIU


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

Sarah H. - I guess you need to ask the obstructionist Republicans in Congress who only care about passing bills taking away women's contraceptive rights, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and playing chicken with the deficit.

Many women care about jobs but they also care about their reproductive rights also.

Larry C.
Chris Berger5 years ago

The article presents this information as "fact" but fails to explain how such large sums of money are calculated. They simply expect the readers to accept all this information without wondering how they came to such conclusions. There isn't actually any information in the article about what the Romney-Ryan plan for health care is. The entire article is misleading, slanted and doesn't contain any useful facts. The reason our country is in such poor shape is because there are people out there who base who they vote for on articles like this.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

As a woman, I am insulted to think that I am only interested in my "lady parts"! I have so many MORE important worries. Like jobs. My husband has been out of work since Jan. Where are the jobs?

Kazue O.
Kazue O5 years ago

So glad

janice b.
jan b5 years ago

The One Child Policy has been effective in drastically reducing Chinese birth rates but no one should want to do it their way !!!
Poverty isn't because of a lack of character ...its a lack of money due to a lack of opportunity and overpopulation. Technology-automation with the onset of globablization has taken jobs away forever.
Contraceptives should be free---available in every corner and nook of the world. We need more Planned Parenhoods ....not less.

Dagmar Breg
Past Member 5 years ago

So glad Obama is serving the next 4 years. Mitt is shit.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

I'm happy to wake up in the morning knowing Obama is president. Now time to move on and get things done!

N. Jane Walker
N. Jane Walker5 years ago

Glad Obama won...even in Canada the effects of US politics are felt

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the information.