Free birth control? New law may allow it

Free birth control? New law may allow it

There are 113 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Nov 1, 2010, titled Free birth control? New law may allow it. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Fifty years after the pill, another birth-control revolution might be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health-care law.

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bob

Atlanta, GA

#1 Nov 1, 2010
"A panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient".

If the patient does not pay for it, who will ? Of coarse I know the answer to that, the same people that pay for everything else. More freestuff for Obo's base.
holy Cow

Watseka, IL

#3 Nov 1, 2010
I could have used this 3 months ago with the girl I met at Louigi's Lounge & Bait Shop. Now the bun is in the oven & what is my wife gonna say? 3 seconds of pleasure & a lifetime of responsibility.

Should have kept it in my pants.

Paul Peter...couldn't keep her
buckeyekelly

Columbus, OH

#4 Nov 1, 2010
I really don't get the "conservative" view point against this.

You want more people to take responsibility - birth control is one way to do that.

You want more people to be educated to prevent diseases and unwanted pregnancies - birth control and preventative medicine like PAP smears and regular gynocological check-ups do that. Not abstinance only education.

You want fewer women choosing abortion - birth control and comprehensive women's health care DOES that.

You want fewer people on welfare - especially children - birth control does that.

You either pay for it now or pay for it later. Birth control, especially free to those that need it, is a proven way to save costs down the road. Preventative screening for STDs is a proven way to save costs down the road for treatment.

The number of abortions has actually DECREASED in the past 4 years, since Democrats came in control. Teen pregnancy rates have actually DECREASED in the past 4 years in Ohio, since Democrats took office.

Besides the Catholic church, which doesn't believe in any form of reproductive control, even in the life of the mother (I was taught in Catholic school that any form of birth control including hysterectomies was against God's will!), explain to me how more women taking control of their reproductive future is a BAD thing?

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Kingus

Columbus, OH

#5 Nov 1, 2010
If they it make it available to the poor now, it will save taxpayers millions in the longterm from savings on welfare,corrections and urban blight. The eugenics people from the 1920's had it right all along.
what

Massillon, OH

#6 Nov 1, 2010
Unfortunately the one's who should use this "free" birth control will not.
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#8 Nov 1, 2010
buckeyekelly wrote:
I really don't get the "conservative" view point against this.
You want more people to take responsibility - birth control is one way to do that.
You want more people to be educated to prevent diseases and unwanted pregnancies - birth control and preventative medicine like PAP smears and regular gynocological check-ups do that. Not abstinance only education.
You want fewer women choosing abortion - birth control and comprehensive women's health care DOES that.
You want fewer people on welfare - especially children - birth control does that.
You either pay for it now or pay for it later. Birth control, especially free to those that need it, is a proven way to save costs down the road. Preventative screening for STDs is a proven way to save costs down the road for treatment.
The number of abortions has actually DECREASED in the past 4 years, since Democrats came in control. Teen pregnancy rates have actually DECREASED in the past 4 years in Ohio, since Democrats took office.
Besides the Catholic church, which doesn't believe in any form of reproductive control, even in the life of the mother (I was taught in Catholic school that any form of birth control including hysterectomies was against God's will!), explain to me how more women taking control of their reproductive future is a BAD thing?
Great points. I would throw out there that they want government to step in an ban abortion. That doesn't seem like such a "small government" idea to me.
Voter

Circleville, OH

#9 Nov 1, 2010
Buckeyekelly

To answer your question, because the cons do not like anything suggested by the left. They just like to gripe.

Since: Jun 10

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 1, 2010
How is this a moral issue? Granted I can see how some leftist want to say that to paint the opponents of this out as religious nut jobs but realistically that is not the case. Birth control is an elective procedure or prescription.

Since: Jun 09

United States

#11 Nov 1, 2010
It seems every week we open The Columbus Dispatch to read more bad news about Obama/Kilroy-care. I wonder what next week will bring; mandatory abortions for the low income?
Biggie BC

Mentor, OH

#12 Nov 1, 2010
Kingus wrote:
If they it make it available to the poor now, it will save taxpayers millions in the longterm from savings on welfare,corrections and urban blight. The eugenics people from the 1920's had it right all along.
Very good point. If I'm not ready for, or want, the responsibility of raising children I should have the means to prevent it. Saving society millions and billions down the line.

That unwanted baby will be pulling a gun on you 18 or so years down the road. Nip it in the bud, so to speak.
TKG

Toledo, OH

#13 Nov 1, 2010
Let's not beat around the bush, ok? Free birth control is a great idea. Sex is the universal form of entertainment. When you don't have much else to do you have sex. That's why we see baby booms 9 months after blackouts or crippling blizzards. Poor people have sex too. Probably a lot more than those of us with disposable income do. I can afford to take my lady out for dinner, drinks and a movie. Then when we get home we're both too tired to get busy. When I was living on less, we spent less time and money out and amused ourselves in bed.

Free birth control is geared toward a young, poor demographic. These are the people much more likely to request some from of government aid to help cover the costs of child care. Springing for a couple hundred bucks a year in borth control beats a couple hundred bucks a month in food stamps.

And before you say "get rid of all welfare", get real. Welfare isn't going anywhere. If Reagan didn't have the clout to get rid of it, nobody does.
Shocking Statistics

Columbus, OH

#14 Nov 1, 2010
Women who use birth control pills for four years before their first full term pregnancy have a 52% higher risk of developing breast cancer. Is it worth the risk?
Ralph Mouth

Napa, CA

#15 Nov 1, 2010
I'm in favor of forcing teenagers to take them at lunch at school. I think it would cause a better America.
All about the money

United States

#16 Nov 1, 2010
Shocking Statistics wrote:
Women who use birth control pills for four years before their first full term pregnancy have a 52% higher risk of developing breast cancer. Is it worth the risk?
Of course you have a source for this stat, right?
the real truth

Columbus, OH

#17 Nov 1, 2010
stupid bible thumpers
Rok

Columbus, OH

#19 Nov 1, 2010
You see, we hate abortions and will outlaw them, but we also don't want you to have access to something that will prevent that unwanted pregnancy in the first place. Go with religious conservatives on this issue -- it's lose-lose for everyone!!!
mom and dad

Columbus, OH

#20 Nov 1, 2010
buckeyekelly wrote:
I really don't get the "conservative" view point against this.
You want more people to take responsibility - birth control is one way to do that.
You want more people to be educated to prevent diseases and unwanted pregnancies - birth control and preventative medicine like PAP smears and regular gynocological check-ups do that. Not abstinance only education.
You want fewer women choosing abortion - birth control and comprehensive women's health care DOES that.
You want fewer people on welfare - especially children - birth control does that.
You either pay for it now or pay for it later. Birth control, especially free to those that need it, is a proven way to save costs down the road. Preventative screening for STDs is a proven way to save costs down the road for treatment.
The number of abortions has actually DECREASED in the past 4 years, since Democrats came in control. Teen pregnancy rates have actually DECREASED in the past 4 years in Ohio, since Democrats took office.
Besides the Catholic church, which doesn't believe in any form of reproductive control, even in the life of the mother (I was taught in Catholic school that any form of birth control including hysterectomies was against God's will!), explain to me how more women taking control of their reproductive future is a BAD thing?
Why is this a bad thing?

It's kind of a mixed bag. I doubt that there are many of child bearing age who grew up in the Catholic church and/or going to Catholic schools using abortion as birth control or going on welfare at a young age so that we can support their children. Catholic young adults usually are more responsible, so we can't fault "the church" in this.

It's often those who grew up in welfare households who see children as a ticket for a bigger monthly check, subsidized housing, food stamps etc. A different guy every 6 months mooching off a single mom her subsidized house or apartment. He brings in the money for drugs and vice and she, through government tax dollars provides. him shelter and housing. This provides the children with a great example of how to get by in this tough difficult world.

We can't force someone not to pro-create, maybe that's where we are headed in 10 years- rather than taking away the subsidies.
of the non-workers. How many welfare households will choose IUD's? Likely not many.
BC4ME

Erie, PA

#21 Nov 1, 2010
Keep your laws off of my body! Pretty simple....
Quit Wasting Tax Money

Columbus, OH

#22 Nov 1, 2010
TKG wrote:
Let's not beat around the bush, ok? Free birth control is a great idea. Sex is the universal form of entertainment. When you don't have much else to do you have sex. That's why we see baby booms 9 months after blackouts or crippling blizzards. Poor people have sex too. Probably a lot more than those of us with disposable income do. I can afford to take my lady out for dinner, drinks and a movie. Then when we get home we're both too tired to get busy. When I was living on less, we spent less time and money out and amused ourselves in bed.
Free birth control is geared toward a young, poor demographic. These are the people much more likely to request some from of government aid to help cover the costs of child care. Springing for a couple hundred bucks a year in borth control beats a couple hundred bucks a month in food stamps.
And before you say "get rid of all welfare", get real. Welfare isn't going anywhere. If Reagan didn't have the clout to get rid of it, nobody does.
The problem is there is NO MONEY in the federal budget to pay for this... While the gov't is saying "free" they really mean "Federally paid for" which is everyone EXCEPT the poor...
Reader

Columbus, OH

#24 Nov 1, 2010
jimmy dresden wrote:
It seems every week we open The Columbus Dispatch to read more bad news about Obama/Kilroy-care. I wonder what next week will bring; mandatory abortions for the low income?
Access to effective birth control is bad news? In whose book?

And no--mandatory abortion is not at all like access to birth control.

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