birth control: will it make it onto the no-cost preventive services list?

this article reminded me that i wrote a post about this topic earlier in the summer [for WLP]. this is a huge opportunity for the administration to take a step towards closing the justice gap between rich and poor [women]. having control over your reproductive organs is synonymous with having control over your life. this should not be a privilege that just the wealthy get to enjoy, but rather a right that extends to all women. access to contraception is a huge component of obtaining this control.

The new health reform law (PL 111-148) requires insurers to provide coverage of a range of preventive services currently recommended by health experts, such as wellness visits, vaccinations, screenings and laboratory tests. There will be no copayments, deductibles or other out-of-pocket charges for the recommended tests and screenings. The rules apply to all new health plans that begin coverage after Sept. 23, 2010 (Women’s Health Policy Report, 7/15). HHS will select an independent panel of physicians, nurses, scientists and other health professionals to determine the coverage requirements for a supplemental list of women’s preventive services that are not already addressed in government-supported guidelines, according to CQ Weekly. The list will be released by Aug. 1, 2011 (CQ Weekly, 7/26).

no copyaments and no out-of-pocket expenses means that access to contraception will no longer be impeded by financial obstacles. this change would actually be better for everyone. women would have more autonomy. men, well men benefit from women being equal contributors to society, in general. and control over the course of one’s life certainly provides the avenue to becoming an equal contributor.  pro-lifers, even, would see fewer abortions (and self-abortions or attempted self-abortions, especially). i really don’t understand what the problem is here. if you understand, please enlighten me.


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