If you haven’t heard about the latest study suggesting that health care should offer birth control, contraception, sterilization (voluntary) and preventative exams at NO cost to the recipient, it’s possible you haven’t been on the internet in the last few days.
This study is new, but the concept is not. Most other countries offer birth control and contraception free to all of their citizens. Why?
*Lower rates of teen pregnancy
*Lower rates of unwanted pregnancy (which means less abortions and less adoptions/kids put in the foster care system)
*Higher rates of healthy births (having too many pregnancies close to each other can cause more issues with live births)
*Healthier, happier citizens
*Lower rates of DV triggered by unwanted pregnancies/children that couples cannot afford
Basically, it’s just silly that we don’t already offer this. For those of you not on birth control or contraception, you may not realize how quickly the costs can add up. I am “lucky” enough to have insurance, yet my Nuva Ring costs $35 per month. That is over $400 a year. This is a big investment for me — I cannot imagine having to put $400 towards birth control if I was working a minimum wage job…and if you are no insured, it can cost over $100 A MONTH for certain types of birth control. For folks who don’t have much disposable income, birth control and contraception isn’t at the top of their lists; usually food, rent, and utilities top off their lists.
By providing completely covered birth control, contraception and equally important preventative exams, we can significantly cut down on unwanted pregnancies, increase healthy live birth rates, and discover cancers and STIs waaaaay earlier. The fact that we don’t already do this seems ludicrous to me. Even if this isn’t something that would directly affect you personally, or even anyone in your group of friends and family, this is something that will be a positive impact on literally MILLIONS of people. Please, take a moment to sign this petition towards making this a reality.