To say the least, I’m pissed about the current contraceptive debate and why it even IS a debate. Use it, don’t use it…it’s a personal choice, possibly fueled by religion.
So, the Catholic Church is having a fit over birth control being mandatory coverage in insurance programs. The thought being that money they pay in will fund other people getting birth control and, as they like to add, abortion and Plan B. And that having insurance companies mandatorily fund it is somehow a breach to religion.
First, let’s clarify a few things. Birth control is NOT abortion. Plan B is NOT abortion. Birth control is useful for many medical reasons besides just having crazy sex any time you want. Plan B is strictly for birth control. Abortion is a whole other deal and can be termed a strictly elective procedure. Therefore, abortion and Plan B are the only two with any sensible argument to not be covered.
Second, this is strictly an insurance issue. It has nothing at all to do with Catholic medical institutions. They still have the right to refuse to prescribe birth control or any sort of contraceptives. It is within their rights though I would argue it is blatant irresponsibility on the part of doctors and nurses to not supply all options and unbiased education. The lack of free information is extremely detrimental in areas served primarily by such institutions. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, people of any age are subject to poor decisions. Refusing to educate about safe sex is, yet again, something anyone in the medical community should be ashamed to support. After all, you are helping the spread of STDs and unplanned pregnancies.
Third, on an insurance/profit level, it’s really stupid to not offer birth control or Plan B coverage. After all, birth control is a million times cheaper than pregnancy. Plan B is cheaper than pregnancy. As for abortion, while I do believe it should be covered, is truly an elective procedure with many other alternatives (adoption etc.) for not keeping the child. And it should absolutely be covered in circumstances of medical emergencies, rape, and incest. Bringing a child to full term when it has no chance to live puts the mother’s life in danger and puts unnecessary strain and expense on the healthcare system, yet again.
So here’s a shocker for the religious right who refuses to think reasonably about this matter. I have been on birth control since the age of 10. And newsflash, I was NOT having sex when I started birth control. Being on it did not change my views on sex and when to have sex. It did not mean I had a free pass to be a whore. And it sure as hell doesn’t prevent STDs. It did not turn me into a sex crazed maniac. I should also put out there that I did not have sex in high school, which I’m sure many many people who claim to support these laws have. Birth control was and still is medically necessary for me. I mean, sure, I could probably get by without it at the risk of bleeding out, becoming anemic, being a raging hormonal bitch, and further complications from untreated cysts.
So here’s the deal, healthcare is based upon a system of people paying in and people who need it, getting money out (let’s not get into all the things wrong with the American system and how it doesn’t follow this model). But since the Catholic Church has decided that they are above this simple system, I suggest that anyone be able to opt out of their money going to anyone uses their insurance for anything I deem immoral or unnecessary.
-women choosing to bring non-viable and risky pregnancies to full term
-in vitro fertilization and similar things. after all, if it’s god’s will, it’s god’s will. the earth is already overpopulated and there’s kids sitting in foster homes.
-irresponsible pregnancy caused by a refusal to use birth control. I’m thinking of the Duggar’s here. The truth is, it is not medically healthy for her to keep getting pregnant. Her last kid has severe health conditions and bringing that baby to full term was very costly. Her last pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. If she is against birth control, then it’s clearly time to stop having sex.
-organ transplants or serious medical procedures for alcoholics, smokers, etc. After all, there’s too many people on a transplant list to begin with. So let the organs go to those who need them through no fault of their own and not to alcoholics who willingly destroyed their livers.
-and fat people! We should just stop covering diabetes caused by being fat. And stomach stapling. Let’s just ban insurance from all fat people until they lose the weight.
-people on long term life support. Yet again, this always seems to be fueled by religion, though I will never understand how keeping a brain dead person on a bunch of machines is the kind of natural life Jesus was advocating we protect. In any other era, the person would be long dead.
I’m sure there are many other things that are seen by many as unnecessary, are known drains on the healthcare system, and are procedures that Jesus wouldn’t be all too happy about. So before everyone throws a hissy fit over people of other religions making their own sexual choices, at least think about the underlying affects of a law like this passing. Because in essence, it isn’t violating freedom of religion, it’s violating everyone’s personal and religious freedoms outside of a select few. It’s our health and we are allowed to take care of it how we choose. So I won’t judge you and your overeating that will lead to diabetes that I will have to pay for and you won’t judge me for not being ready for children.