Debunking Canards That Claim U.S. Women Get Free Birth Control

November 1, 2012 • Family Planning, News

Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. He authored the following editorial in late September.

Let’s Be Sure To Duck Right Wing Canards Claiming Women Get Free Birth Control


Those pols and religious screamers who are talking about freedom and the horror of forcing their rich constituent religious institutions into paying for needed medical services for women employees have finally gotten a powerful salvo of fact from Jodi Jacobson, Editor of RH Reality Check. Let’s let her shed light on these vicious canards.

In her August 6, 2012 article,  Why Free Birth Control Is Not Free, she celebrated the fact that “August 1, 2012, was a momentous day for women, marking the official beginning of a process of ensuring that millions of women across the United States will – finally – have access to a full range of preventive health care services without a co-pay.”

While she amplified what really is involved, I wanted to replay this part of her article to emphasize that religious zealotism lies behind all the controversy and will continue to play a powerful role in keeping women from getting the essential services Jacobson articulates.

“These (services) include a wide range of services and interventions identified by the Institutes of Medicine as essential to women’s health and well-being, including breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence; screening for gestational diabetes; DNA testing for high-risk strains of HPV; counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; screening for HIV; contraceptive methods and counseling; and well-woman visits. Likewise, the ACA also ensures that plans must cover an array of services, vaccinations, and interventions, including those specifically needed by women, infants, children, and adolescents at different points in their lifecycle.”

So here we go again, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, who by the way was a flip flopper on choice, favoring it as Governor of California and against it as President.

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