Contraceptives are used regularly, for Family Planning, by a majority of women in America, as well as most industrialized countries. The multitude of reasons as to why they’re ubiquitous ranges from: unexpected pregnancies; a lack of financial support for another child; rape; incest, etc.
The cost of having regular check-ups for most women would still be covered under their private or employer plans, even if they had to pay extra for the contraceptives. For lower-income women, however, the expense could be burdensome, especially if one of the major reasons for the health care plan was to gain free access to birth control.
Many low-income families rely on Medicaid, a Federal Health Care Plan, which is intended for the lowest income families in America. Besides providing many company plans a reason to revoke free contraceptives, it is almost certain that, once the idea is tested, Medicaid would be next. Let’s consider who requires Medicaid for their Health Care.
Medicaid enrollees are generally among the poorest of our society, those who often lack high school diplomas, and work at minimum-wage Jobs. Black and Hispanic women are disproportionately represented in this group. Additionally, Congress could reduce the payments to health care providers, thus encouraging them to drop out of the program. In fact, OB/GYN’s who accept Medicaid in aTexas, for instance, is already down to 33%.
Some Conservatives ask why poor people have so many babies anyway, suggesting that they just have a few? Besides the natural course of events, anthropologists and biologists have found that early man, since they had shorter lives, tended to have their children early.
Down through the ages, poorer workers, especially those with more physical jobs, lived shorter lives, and they also had their children earlier. And oftentimes, they reared more children due to premature death, and squalid living conditions.
The optional elimination from Health Care Plans is obviously an attack on Women’s Health Care. Ironically, we never seem to hear about a similar elimination of Viagra—the erectile dysfunction cure—for the men! But, while most middle and upper-income women can still make due, it is the poor, and often minority Women who are forced to suffer the most!