The entitlement mentality on birth control coverage


#1

My dad never complained about the copays for cancer care. He had well over 100 radiation treatments plus medications, surgeries and chemo, so it added up. He was just grateful for the extra two and a half years of life. My friend who takes high blood pressure medicine also never grumbles about copayments. Who wants a stroke in midlife?

Same goes for friends with diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis — no complaints about expenses. The care is worth the cost. I’d say the same of the ten thousand dollars I’ve paid out-of-pocket for five orthopedic surgeries in the past 10 years. I’m grateful for the insurance’s partial coverage and am glad to pay my share. It’s my body, my responsibility for its health and upkeep, and my choice to try and correct its painful deficiencies.

With this perspective, I find myself perplexed by the entitlement mentality of some women over birth control coverage. They expect to receive free birth control from their health insurer. In fact, they demand it. So when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently exempted employers with moral objections from providing insurance coverage for birth control, these women seethed at the supposed injustice. More than seethed, they’re suing. You’d think they were being forced to wear a bonnet and submit to sex slavery in some grim, dystopian regime rather than the prospect of paying a few extra dollars for their own health care.

The new regulation restores choice and responsibility in reproductive health care. Foremost it provides relief to employers who object to paying for contraception or types of birth control that act as abortifacients. Abortifacients do not merely prevent conception; they kill the tiny growing baby by preventing implantation. The regulation does not ban abortifacients or contraception — they are still widely available — it simply states that business owners who morally object do not have to insure their use.

The Supreme Court recognized the right of business owners to act in accord with their beliefs in two recent decisions regarding the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby. The new regulation takes the next step in protecting conscience by broadening the exemption beyond nuns and family-owned, “closely held corporations” to women and men who run other types of businesses.

The regulation does not prevent women from purchasing non-covered birth control methods on their own. Women can buy birth control pills, for example, for as little as $15 a month. Here in Colorado we can get a prescription through our local pharmacist rather than through a doctor’s office, another cost savings. Women take birth control pills for a variety of reasons — all perfectly valid — from avoiding pregnancy to treating hormonal deficiencies as in my case, irregular menstruation, acne, or endometriosis. Why should these medial conditions be privileged over others such that their treatment must by law be free? Men, after all, face out-of-pocket expenses for vasectomies, erectile dysfunction treatments, and their primary form of birth control — condoms. Some out-of-pocket expense should be expected for any health care choice. Like all things of value, they cost money.

The idea that women should not or cannot be expected to contribute financially to their sexual health is pernicious because men are expected to do so. That women must be given “free” things in order to thrive undermines the very principle of equality. “I am woman, hear me roar, but pay for my birth control” is not a statement of power but weakness. We are not entitled to free things by virtue of our sex. Especially in light of the financial burdens endured without complaint by men and women with chronic or terminal health problems, that sense of entitlement is embarrassing.


#2

And when they forget to take them we pay for their abortions !


#3

There is a free method of birth control that none of us have to pay for. It has to do with teaching women to keep their legs closed. Liberals tell women that they are the same as men, that tells them they can go out and party like men. That’s not true. They should be focused on being virtuous.


#4

Good luck with that ! Do you realize welfare pays out far more money with each baby she has and they all say they have NO idea who the babies daddies are ? 4 babies , 4 baby daddies !


#5

And we all know who is taking advantage of the system too. White birth rates are declining while Black and Hispanic birthrates are climbing. Liberal White women are the biggest problem. They think killing the baby growing inside of them is a political statement.


#6

In the long run we are far better off when these animals decide not to bring another liberal into the world .


#7

But in the process we are getting overrun by different kinds of animals. Conservative whites need to start having as many babies as they possibly can. It’s now our patriotic duty as Americans.


#8

How is that different from when they paid for their own pills


#9

The whole birth control (female pill) issue is also largely about pregnancy control, although few will admit. If men had more birth control options, women wouldn’t have the ability to induce pregnancy by skipping a few doses.


#10

I had that problem when I was in high school. I had seen a girl a few times… her dad just happened to be a sheriff. One day my dad got a call that from her…‘sheriff’ dad saying that they had a problem they needed to discuss… my dad calculated the dates and told the guy that his daughter would need to find a new daddy cause at the time of the immaculate conception we were some 900 miles away in Illinois where my father was still stationed prior to retirement…


#11

A hum… do understand that their are no doubt 3 other girls in a similar situation from the same 4 daddies…


#12

Have you watched the movie the Red Pill? If not, you should. Nowadays, even after a DANA test proves it’s not your kid courts will still force the most recent boyfriend to pay child support. Many such cases.


#13

Birth control should be free or available over the counter. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than unwanted pregnancies.


#14

We have enough welfare babies and crack addicted moms !


#15

I guess it is about choices most women don’t pay for their birth control pills , and it doesn’t matter if you pay for them and forget to take it and taxpayers are stuck with an abortion tab .


#16

I know their are men that have 9 or more babies by 3 or more women that we the taxpayers have to support for their entire 26 years plus . The women NEVER tell welfare who the daddy’s are because they don’t want them to lose their drivers license and have that benz sitting forever . The law should be ID the dad or NO welfare period !