It sure feels like the Obama Administration is going to cave into the Catholics and other religious zealots and create an “opt out” provision for employers who don’t want their insurance programs to cover birth control for women. We finally get the government to pass a provision under the Affordable Care Act requiring insurance companies to cover contraception and then it is ripped apart. I don’t remember anyone protesting when insurance companies decided to cover Viagra.
Many women still go to Planned Parenthood for their birth control because it costs half the price of going to the pharmacy with insurance, if they have it, that doesn’t cover what women really need.
Our Presidents talk about abortion with limiting language. Abortion should be legal and “rare” – if you want abortion to be rare then isn’t contraception the answer? The U.S. has the highest rate of second trimester abortions in the industrialized world (we also have the highest rate of teen pregnancies and STDs). It’s all about economics – and that’s just not right.
“42% of women having abortions live on an income that falls below the federal poverty level – they are making less than the $208 per week needed to pay for the basic necessities of life – and 53% of women having abortions between weeks 16 and 20 gestation are women in this low-income bracket.”
They have to wait to save up the money to get the abortion because they’re living on $200/week.
If men got pregnant, maybe they’d be singing a different tune.
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