The Effects of Using Birth Control, Right-Wing Version

By Christine Cupaiuolo — August 4, 2011

As previously reported, women with health insurance will soon have access to a host of preventive health care services, including contraception, without having to pay out-of-pocket costs such as co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles.

Not surprisingly, the news rankled some conservatives who refuse to acknowledge the long-term economic or health benefits.

Take, for instance, Sandy Rios, a FOX News contributor and vice president of the Family-PAC Federal, a conservative political action committee, who likened women’s health needs to beauty services: “We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”

Once again, we turn to Stephen Colbert to explain the outrage. And he does so beautifully, noting, for instance, that “a woman’s health decisions are a private matter between her priest and her husband,” and insurance companies should be in the business of covering only “necessary medical expenses — like boner pills.”

Plus, learn what happens when U.S. women get their hands on birth control pills …

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2 responses to “The Effects of Using Birth Control, Right-Wing Version”

  1. I worked for the pharmacy portion of a health plan. Most plans covered Viagra, 6 pills a month tops, at $50 a pill. That’s $300 a month. A good Medela breast pump is $150-300- a one time purchase that can be used for multiple children. There are so many generic birth control pills out there that easily may cost a health plan $4 per MONTH. What is the problem? The cost of maternity care and well child visits far exceeds the cost of $4 a month for contraceptive pills.

    As someone who would be at serious health risk if I became pregnant- how does that compare to a mani/pedi?

  2. How in the world can someone compare helping women gain easier access to birth control, breast pumps, and abuse counseling to paying for a manicure or pedicure? It really disgusts me to hear other women agreeing with this madness. I just don’t understand it.

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