The Contraception Debate

18 Sep

Under President Obama’s new healthcare laws, insurance companies can no longer charge a copay for birth control. Some insurances companies are exempt from this, if they have not changed their plans significantly since 2010. Religious based insurance companies and organizations are also required to offer free birth control. They have been given a year to comply with these new rules. This has angered many of the groups and they claim that this violates religious freedom. What do you all think? Should birth control be free? Do you think the requirements placed on these religious groups violate their rights to religious freedom?



8 Responses to “The Contraception Debate”

  1. lapatterson September 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I believe that birth control should be free or at least have insurance cover more of the costs. I know several women who their insurance companies does not cover birth control at all. It amazes me. I think what many people forget is that birth control is good for other things besides preventing pregnancy. There are several girls out there who are on birth control who are not having sex that use it to help with other medical concerns.

  2. shaybrandon September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Honestly I think that insurance should have to pay for it. This may sound slightly b*tchy but religious insurers need to get over themselves. Just because they are paying for birth control does not mean that the woman in question is having sex. What if the woman was married and does not want to have children? What if she has irregular or painful periods? Acne? There is more than one reason for why a woman needs birth control.

  3. jennifer ludy grove September 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I’ve always found it sadly amusing but not really surprising that coverage for birth control has always been lacking or non-existent, but coverage for Viagra (and the like) has never been questioned.

  4. jcjohnson3 September 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Insurance companies NEED to pay. Excuses against paying are invasive and judgmental. These women are going to lead their lives the way they want, and I guarantee that a religious insurance company refusing to pay won’t deter them from having sex.

  5. Beth Mathavich September 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    For the past year and a half, I have worked at a hospital. I’ve seen so many babies having babies. I’ve seen them as young as 13. It just breaks my heart, and I wish there was someway to prevent this. Clearly, you can’t stop them from being curious and doing what they’re going to do. But I think instead of preaching abstinence in the schools which is clearly not being followed, it would probably be beneficial not only for the insurance companies, but also for the government to do something to make birth control available at a low to no cost. It’s a lot cheaper to pay for pills than for the taxpayers to have to pay for a child until the age of 18. Sorry for the rant.

    • lisaanneryan September 20, 2012 at 2:07 am #

      I agree with this, and to add to it, sex education should be a part of all curriculum. Just as paying for birth control is a preventative measure to having children, teaching students what safe sex means is much better than them getting pregnant and being a teenage parent or having an abortion.

      • emilyrodriguez3 September 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

        Absolutely agree. I’d say easier access to birth control would help to correct the larger part of a massive problem, but for any progress made to be sustained we need sex education that extends beyond abstinence. I attended a Christian school through elementary and middle school, so my sex education was essentially reading a borrowed copy of Cosmopolitan magazine under the covers with a flashlight at night. (PITY ME)
        I’ll also add that sex ed needs to be offered bilingually. 51 percent of Latinas will become pregnant before the age of 21, and more than one-fourth (26 percent) of Hispanic females are mothers by the time they reach age 19.

        I should probably just make this a post, I’m preaching.

  6. karaleesmith September 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I agree with Lisa and Emily, education must be the foundation of birth control. Even if these young girls gain access to birth control they need to know how to properly use it and be more informed on teen pregnancy. However, even with education there MUST be free access to birth control regardless of the group. Even if the insurance company is against it. If the families are against it they are not forced to endorse birth control. But birth control more specifically the pill is not just to prevent pregnancy it also reduces stress, menstrual pain as well as ovarian cancer.

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