(Warning: NSFW language)
Lately, with the recent primary campaigns, there has been a lot of focus upon women, the right to contraception coverage, and the right to have an abortion.
These are all very sensitive topics, and the recent swell of diatribe towards women has had me wondering what has brought this particular tropic to the surface at this time?
Issues are being brought up and vilified that had been settled for longer than I’ve been alive (42 years, for those of you who are counting). The right of women to safe, effective contraception has been enshrined since the 1960’s. There are many reasons why a woman would choose to use contraception, first and foremost to prevent an unwanted or unintended pregnancy. This is not just for single women. Many married women also choose to use contraception to space out children or when they decide not to have children. Women also use the pill (also known as estrogen therapy) to alleviate other health issues. To regulate painful menstrual cycles, to clear up severe acne, to alleviate menopause symptoms, to help with ovarian cysts and even to prevent breast cancer.
Now, I’m not saying that every woman must be put on birth control, but there are clear health benfits to women who choose to use this. But you have people like Conservative Radio host Rush Limbaugh calling women who use birth control as “Sluts” and that they should film their sexual partner(s) for his own titillation. That’s disgusting and demeaning to women everywhere. Just because a woman is using birth control does not automatically make her a whore that will have indiscriminate sex with anything that moves.
There is also the issue of why should companies have to pay for contraception if they find it “morally objectionable” See above for the many reasons a woman would want contraception other than to prevent pregnancy.
Next, Many people do not have any conception of the cost of Birth control. It can range from $9 a month to $90 a month for the pill, if you’re lucky enough to have insurance. Other non-hormonal forms of birth control, (IUD’s, implants,Tubal ligation, hysterectomies) can cost upwards of $600. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-03-09/news/31141621_1_iuds-guttmacher-institute-pregnancies
Do the math: $90 x12=$1080.00
And before, you cry,” Well, they could use the cheaper option!”, the woman and her doctor may have decided that the generic option is not the best for her because of other health conditions.
the ironic thing is that ALL health care companies cover Viagra as a matter of course, nope, no problem with a drug, whose sole purpose is to help older men get an erection. The cost of Viagra, (Which is a pill a man must take once per erection desired) is $14-$15 per pill.
Do the math. $ 14 x 365=$ 5110.
And men have the audacity to complain about the cost of contraception!!!!!!
Another figure for you.
The cost of raising a child to age 18 (before college) ranges from $206,180 for a family making less than $57,000 a year to a whopping $477,100 if your income is over $100,000 a year.
Cost of contraception for 18 years: $1080 x 18 +$19,440.
Now, What would you, as the American taxpayer, rather spend your money on? Paying for welfare children to be raised to age 18, or contraception for their mothers? I’d rather pay less than $20,000 in taxes to support other familes than over $200,000.
My next post will cover the anti-choice rhetoric currently floating around today.