Birth Control and Healthcare

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

The use of contraceptive pills has been debated since debuting in the 1950's.

The recent government healthcare legislation includes a provision for "preventative" care.

Although the bill is 2 thousand pages long, it doesn't define exactly what preventative care includes.

“A panel of experts will meet to determine what is going to count as preventative care and part of it is the anticipation that contraception will now be included all plans will include a contraceptive option,” said OBGYN, Dr. Guy Middleton.

Middleton says although he believes in having accessible birth control...

“From a public health standpoint I feel that it is very important to have contraception available to women of contraceptive age. It helps to prevent unintended pregnancies,” said Middleton.

...He also sees how it could be unjust.

“Government comes in and says that they mandate that all health insurance plans need to include certain provisions. It could be considered somewhat unfair if you're an elderly couple and you are forced to have coverage that includes contraception, well obviously you don't need contraception,” said Middleton.

Although many groups take issue with this provision, Catholics have been historically vocal against what they call "artificial birth control."

“I fully support the churches viewpoint in that contraception is not something we want as a byproduct for everybody,” said an active member of the Catholic Church, Matt Howell.

Many Catholics, including Howell, question, why the pill would be considered preventative? What sickness or affliction is it preventing? They say pregnancy is not a sickness.

“I look at pregnancy as being a blessing from God. If you look at the bible, God wanted us to go out and be fruitful and multiply,” said Howell.

The panel is expected to deliver its decision later this year.


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