In a nation sharply divided by morality concerns and becoming more polarized by the day, new regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring approved forms of birth control be available with no co-pay are sure to create a massive amount of controversy.
Reproductive rights advocates often say that abortion restriction is due to desire to control women’s sexual choices and freedom, and many pro-life and/or Tea Party types don’t wish to pay for what they see as another person’s sex life- so off the bat, the issue is likely fraught with inevitable unrest. But the HHS says that the decision to implement the new guidelines is what doctors feel is necessary:
These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
The US is somewhat of an outlier when it comes to the the closely held religious mores that make birth control a hot topic issue among Western countries, and it’s about time we caught up with our peers in allowing women more accessible healthcare for women’s issues- in fact, the decision encompasses several other areas in which the US underperforms in supporting women’s health:
- Screening for gestational diabetes
- HPV testing as a screen for cervical cancer
- Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
- Counseling for sexually-transmitted infections
Still, it’s unlikely the legislation will take root without much spittle-tinged condescension from the left and sobby hand-wringing from the right about how America is going to hell in a handcart and impending rampant fornication. Are you embarrassed America has taken so long to catch up, or horrified America has become a den of Ortho Tri-Cyclen gobbling iniquity?