Friday, February 1, 2013

Contraceptives, Anyone?

My opinionI'm surprised about this - usually contraceptives are state issues, but I guess the new health care proposals are inducing widespread changes at the federal level.  Though access to contraceptives used to be a bigger issue, people are now focusing on affordable access.  However, access does remain a problem among adolescents.  As of the religious organizations, the current argument supporting them is that, since their employees understand the rules of the organization, then they know that they may not have access to contraceptives.  Apparently, since religion might allow contraceptives for medical reasons, people weren't entirely honest about their health history, so they would then obtain the contraceptives.  I learned all this after interviewing a law professor on birth control.  Feel free to comment.

 

From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-proposal-allows-contraceptives-to-go-under-stand-alone-insurance-policy/2013/02/01/43c1dc1e-6cb9-11e2-ada0-5ca5fa7ebe79_story.html

Obama proposal allows contraceptives to go under stand-alone insurance policy

The Obama administration proposed new rules Friday that would guarantee widespread access to contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, but seemed unlikely to head off legal battles that could return a part of the health-care law to the Supreme Court.
The regulations allow religious nonprofit organizations that morally object to contraceptives to not offer that benefit for their employees. But their workers would receive a stand-alone private insurance policy providing birth control coverage at no cost.
Some religious groups criticized the proposed rules. For more than a year, they have mounted a high-profile protest and filed dozens of lawsuits against the contraceptive mandate, arguing that it is a violation of their religious freedom.

1 comment:

  1. Since the "good old" reliable condom is still inexpensive and readily available there really is no reason for the government to get involved in our personal birth control decisions.

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