So big news this week that isn't debt ceiling related (I'm not sure I have ever hated a debate in Congress more) is that the HHS is requiring health insurance plans to include birth control as an item that doesn't require a co-pay. Sure, it feels free, but its covered in your premiums like the other stuff it covers. This is great for women who might be deterred by expensive co-pays - my birth control pills were as much as $160/4 months, which isn't exactly cheap for lots of women. This actual great news, but of course it's being overshadowed by the idiocy that is Congress this week. Anyway, speaking of idiots, from ThinkProgress:
Former Women’s Media Center president Jehmu Greene offered the facts that support greater access to birth control. Namely, “50 percent of pregnancies in this country are unintended pregnancies” –the leading reason why women seek abortions — which costs the U.S. over $11 billion a year. Noting that contraception not only allows women to space out their pregnancies and commit to parenting, but also reduces the number of abortions, Greene determined the new policy to be a “text-book definition of win-win.”
Fox’s anti-birth control “expert,” Family PAC Federal Vice President Sandy Rios, however, found her own reasons to lambast the policy as “ridiculous.” Telling Greene that she lives in “la la land,” Rios offered the following “arguments” against the new policy and a woman’s right to use birth control, which are so ludicrous they’re worth listing:
– “Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? 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?”
I actually clipped the rest of her weak arguments - just watch the video and here her crazy for yourself:
Now as someone recently knocked up, I immediately thanked my mother for making me get on the pill while I was in high school. Maybe she overheard us high school girls gossiping about who was "doing it" or perhaps it was the thought of having three daughters and not wanting any of them to go through unwanted pregnancies, or maybe it was just sheer logic that there was no connection between being on the pill and heading out to sleep with the entire football team, but whatever it was, I can attest that this little drug allowed me to pursue an education and a career.
And when I was ready, and in a stable happy marriage and as financially and emotionally ready as one can be, I quit that pill and got knocked up - not a second earlier than I planned to. Hell, I even timed this to make sure that I wouldn't give birth during an election cycle. And as a lover of a good pedicure, I can rightly state that having my health insurance cover this cost, which at times was a tough bill to pay, but pay it I did, this has absolutely nothing in common with the color of my toe nails. Instead it gave me the control over my sexual health and reproduction to make the best possible choices I could make.
Jehmu Green is absolutely correct when she states that birth control would cut down the number of abortions and unwanted pregnancies. For a party that is soooooo concerned with making sure that not a single person receives a dime of government funding, wouldn't it make sense to ensure that women only had kids when they wanted to and could afford it? Wouldn't that save money that is currently being used for social programs? Wouldn't that ensure that women were educated in the proper use of birth control methods and then could also make the same choices about their lives that I was able to make, so they too could pick when they wanted to have a child that would be well cared for?
BUT NO. The REAL problem, other than facts and math and science is S-E-X! It's BAAAAAD and women should never do it. Why? Because it's bad for women. Why use logic when you can use sexism. The End.
Sandy Rios is an idiot.