Should Men Be the Ones Debating Birth Control Coverage for Women?


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As the 2012 Presidential Election heats up, women’s reproductive rights are taking center stage. Now, Kelly Wallace and iVoices Beth EngelmanSharon RowleyAmanda Rodriguez and Brandi Jeter face off on birth control issues and suggest some creative alternatives to taking the pill.

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1 Angie May 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Love your blog. I would like to chime in and defend the Republican position on this matter. As a woman, who was once on birth control pills, I think it’s wrong for the government to mandate that every insurance policy contain coverage for free birth control, sterilization, and morning-after pills. The main argument that the Republican party has with this is the fact that it forces religious institutions to pay for something that goes against their church teaching. Personally, I have a problem with it because if this coverage is forced to be included in every health plan, that cost gets passed down to me, as a consumer, in my insurance premiums. Health insurance is for “health,” not “recreation,” so even in the case of employers asking for proof that the birth control pill is for health reasons, I don’t see a problem with them not wanting to pay for it unless it’s for health reasons. No one is trying to take birth control options away. If a woman wants to use birth control, she has the freedom to do so… she just needs to pay for it herself. That is just my .02! :)


2 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

Angie- I am so glad that you shared your position here! My biggest problem is that this issues is being debated my men, on an all-male panel. Women should have a “seat at the table” for this discussion. And while I agree that there should be an opt-out for religious institutions that do not support the use of birth control, I think to deny that availability as a covered insurance cost to everyone else is a mistake that could only end up costing our government more money down the road.

But I love that we can talk about the issue here…. in a way that shows mutual understanding and support of one another’s right to have their own point of view.

Thanks so much for leaving your comment!


3 Angie May 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Well, I believe the forum that was referred to was a GOP debate, and at the point that all of this blew up, Michelle Bachman was out of the race. I’m sure she would have participated enthusiastically in the discussion. :) I truly think we should be able to shop for insurance policies that suit our needs without government interference. I’m not saying that birth control should be excluded from things that insurance companies can cover- I just don’t think it should be mandatory because that cost does get passed down to those of us who pay our insurance premiums. I guess I’m just all for individual responsibility. I have five kids, all planned, without the assistance of birth control pills. Despite what many think, it can be done. I do agree with you that this is what America is all about- each of us having the freedom to have our own opinions and express them. :)


4 Sharon
Twitter: sharonmomof6
May 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks again Angie! Actually the forum we were referring to (and we should have made it clear in the video) was the committee debate over Heath Care issues- where not a single woman from Congress sat on the panel.

And I am glad to hear from a fellow Mom “of many”!


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