Mandatory Contraception Coverage

The Institute of Medicine and the Department of Health and Human Services are proposing mandating coverage of FDA approved contraception and sterilization by private insurance companies nationwide.

Cardinal DiNardo, chair of the US Bishops Pro-Life Committee, put out a good statement in which he noted first and foremost that fertility is not a disease. If it is, convince all the couples that are struggling with infertility, many of whom are spending tens of thousands of dollars to try and correct the problem.

It’s also interesting that this comes  just as Planned Parenthood’s legitimacy and funding are under fire. A mandate like this would keep Planned Parenthood nicely funded by private insurance. Cha-ching.

During the various discussions on healthcare, I’ve wondered about the affordability of healthcare. Make no mistake, I’m not saying that it’s cheap. But I do think that people make choices about how they spend their money and that they could choose to spend some of it on healthcare. Or not.

The Heritage Foundation just released a report on poverty in America. Sadly, those who are truly poor are eclipsed by those who fall under the broad government standards of poverty.

The average poor American has more living space than the average European, not the average poor European. The majority of poor families in the US tend to have a television, cable or satellite television, a cell phone, a computer, and a whole host of other amenities. Some will argue that technology and other goods are cheaper than they used to be and, hence, more available. That’s all fine and good, but people still have a choice of whether to spend their money on amenities or necessities like healthcare. I don’t consider contraception part of healthcare, but obviously if one has the money for extras, one also has money to pay for contraception.

In addition, many of these amenities are not one-time expenses. TVs, computers, and cell phones generally come with monthly expenses for cable or satellite, internet, voice and data plans. That all adds up to quite a bit, enough even  to pay for health insurance.

Many insurance companies already provide coverage for contraception. Federal and state governments also underwrite contraception and sterilization. Now both government and private entities would be required to cover every FDA approved form of contraception or sterilization, not just those that are more economical.

Mandating coverage also means that everyone has to support it not only through their tax dollars, but with the money that they pay for private insurance. Oh wait, not everyone pays taxes and not everyone pays for their own health insurance. But those who do, will be forced to cover practices even if said practices violate their personal and religious beliefs. Religious freedom, anyone?

Contraception is often seen as the blanket solution to unwanted pregnancies and spiraling poverty. In theory, it may sound great; but in reality it doesn’t work. Literally. The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) reported that 46 percent of women seeking abortions were not using contraception during the month that they conceived. This means that 54 percent were using contraception and got pregnant. So either contraception is not all that effective and/or people don’t use it properly.

For me, the bigger question is when do we start to encourage personal responsibility? – Responsibility for decisions about our sexual behavior, spending, procreation, etc.

One thing’s certain, as long as no one’s responsible for anything and coverage for contraception and sterilization is mandated, Planned Parenthood will see its profits increase. (For more on PP’s profits, click here.)  And then, when the contraception fails, Planned Parenthood is there to open its cash register as a woman gets an abortion. Job security at its best.

In the meantime, it’s all the responsibility of someone else, not the individual. Certainly, not the individual woman.

Baby, you’ve come such a long way, there’s someone else taking responsibility for you.


Don’t you worry your pretty little head.



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  • Bishop Doye Agama

    The open promotion of promiscuity has helped caused abortion to become a normal form of contraception for so many. Who is making money from all of this?

  • Sam Schmitt

    “Now both government and private entities would be required to cover every FDA approved form of contraception or sterilization, not just those that are more economical.”

    Yet another recipe for increasing health care costs from our friends at HHS.

  • Bill

    Just think, it all began with the dissent against Humanae Vitae in 1968. Many of those upper echelon dissenters are still alive. The Church did little or nothing to silence them. The Church’s silence implied consent to the dissent. Small wonder Christ referred to His faithful flock as sheep.

  • Jude

    Bill has an excellent point. I was born in 1971 to a mother whom had previously been a nun and yet practiced birth control. I went to Catholic schools taught mostly by teachers who had to have been contracepting. (Unless infertility was suddenly rampant and caused them ALL to have two children or less.) The only thing I ever heard about birth control was that the church “didn’t really teach that anymore,” and “everyone uses birth control.” The evil slowly crept in and no one wanted to admit what was happening. Even as families fell apart, they clung to the belief that what was really importance was their happiness and freedom to pursue self-fulfillment. I seem to remember hearing that once a culture has embraced contraception, it is not likely to revert. I know that this coverage will be approved. It’s a dream come true for Mr. Babies Are A Punishment Obama and the rest of his ultra-liberal administration. But I am just sick about it.

  • Paul

    If you don’t want to use birth control, don’t ask your doctor for a prescription. It’s not really your place to decide that others shouldn’t have access to it if they want. Worry about your own life before you start worrying about how other people are living theirs.

    • LNMT

      @ Paul

      If you want contracept, don’t ask me to help pay for it, whether directly or indirectly. It’s not really your place to decide that others should be required to make sure you have access to it.

      • Russell Lewis

        I’m betting single people and gay people are saying the same thing about not wanting to pay for the kids heterosexual people have also.

        No system is going to be perfect and hopefully some of our money will be for the common good that will benefit at least some of the people.

    • Sylvie


      What a nonsense comment! U know very well the subject at hand is that none of us want to be forced to . . . . subsidize strangers’ sex lives!

  • Sylvie


    And another thing, if someone can’t even afford contraception, then they obviously can’t afford the potential costs often incurred as a result of sex, ie pregnancy (which often occurs despite using contraceptives, especially among teens) and STD’s which are currently rampant. . . . Ya gotta be able to pay, to play folks!

  • Sylvie

    And Paul, “access” does not = “free stuff”. It’s dishonest (or perhaps just sloppy) of u to imply that they’re one and the same. Nobody’s talking about making contraceptives unavailable – the discussion is whether taxpayers should be subsidizing people’s sex lives. Collectivists think so; the average person believes that, as a matter of privacy, the government should stay out of its citizens’ sex lives and that would certainly include refraining from bankrolling “free” contraceptives.

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