Wow, it’s been quite a week with all of the debate over birth control that Rush Limbaugh stirred up. Should health care insurance be forced to cover birth control? Should religious organizations have to cover birth control under their insurance plans? Should taxpayers be responsible for birth control? Those are the main debates that have been swirling around on our site, and boy, did some of our readers let us know what they think.
So, let’s give everyone an opportunity now to be heard. We want to know: Should birth control be covered by health insurance? Take our poll, leave your comments and voice your opinions once and for all (although, somehow we don’t think this will be the end of the discussion).
Just to recap first, in case you got caught in all the controversy and missed what started it all.
Last month, the GOP held a congressional hearing about birth control and whether or not it was an infringement of our basic rights to mandate that health care plans cover it. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, was denied an opportunity to speak at that hearing. Due to the lack of female witnesses, the House democratic members held a separate hearing on February 23, where Fluke was allowed to testify.
Fluke argued that birth control should be covered by religious organizations and stated that birth control would cost a three-year law student $3,000 over the course of their studies. She also gave the example of a friend who suffers polycystic ovary syndrome and lost her ovary because she was refused hormonal birth control under Georgetown’s policy.
Then, the fun really began. Rush Limbaugh got wind of all this and, well, we all know what happened next: All hell broke loose. When we ran the story, some of you were loud and clear as to which side of the issue you were on:
People have sex. Women deserve access to birth control, and they should get a job and pay for it themselves. If you are mature enough to have sex, you should be mature enough to pay for your own birth control and not expect the American public to pay for it for them. It is a choice, not a medical need.
And DW commented:
Here’s the problem: people are arguing employers shouldn’t have to cover contraception because they don’t morally agree with it. If you play out that argument, it’s a slippery slope …
Will employers demand they shouldn’t have to pay for coverage for people with AIDS or sexually transmitted disease? What about health-care costs from alcoholism or drug use? And hey, lots of workplaces are banning smoking — maybe employers won’t want to cover care for those with lung cancer because they believe smoking is wrong, too.
When you start drawing the line of what is “OK” to cover and what is “not OK,” you could eventually argue every person out of being covered in this country.
Fluke needs to keep her pants on or her legs closed. Americans have enough problems living with Obama in charge without paying for her sexual activity. Get a life Fluke and Pelosi!
Then Tyler Jeremy Blue wrote:
Furthermore, contraceptives are being offered as “preventive” medicine. Though I recognize HBC can be used to treat certain health conditions (this usage, by the way, is acceptable to Catholics), the only thing it prevents is pregnancy, which is not a disease. It is sad to me that so many people are willing to group pregnancy with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I find the whole idea of contraceptive as preventive medicine grossly offensive.
To All You Idiots responded:
As a society we should make birth control readily avaliable for those who need it and I as a taxpayer would rather pay for someone else’s birth control than someone else’s child.
And RichardSmoker added:
I could not agree with you more. I think all women should be on birth control and the government should pay for it. I don’t understand why there’s a war on women. We shouldn’t be fighting, we should be loving each other and using contraception except for the gays, lesbian and transgendered who don’t need birth control.
See, we told you it’s been an interesting week!
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