There was a new law recently (the Affordable Care Act) passed by the Department of Health and Human Services that will require insurance companies to cover birth control with no co-pays, essentially making birth control free for those who have medical insurance.
This new law is obviously considered a good thing while at the same time it could be considered a bad thing because of cost issues, moral objections, and things of that nature. This ruling definitely didn’t come without controversy.
Conservative groups such as Americans United for Life have condemned these guidelines because with these new rules, it’ll make it easier for people to obtain and use the morning after pill, which many anti-abortion advocates equaling that to abortion.
Not to mention that some groups are just simply worried of the cost associated with this new initiative, and that with the insurers now offering a “free” service that there most likely would be an increase in premiums to cover this said service.
But Rep Steve King is taking this to a whole new and unseen level. He’s concerned that by offering free birth control to women that this could eventually wipe the human species off the face of this earth.
We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn’t have to pay the full fare of that? And they’ve called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you’ve prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not— that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.
He even goes as far to say that this will contribute to a “dying civilization”. I can see the point that he is trying to make but I definitely don’t agree with it. An estimated 98 percent of sexually active women in America have used some form of birth control at some point in their lives. And there are definitely some situations out there where some people just shouldn’t be having children. Period. Maybe this initiative can help with those cases. Maybe not. Regardless, Steve King is acting as if the government is going to be strapping up dudes with condoms and making these women swallow some pills. It all comes down to personal choice and if these women doesn’t want to have any children, why shouldn’t they be allowed to partake in free birth control to assist them with that?
And here I thought that safe sex was a good thing. Listening to Rep King, he would lead me to believe otherwise.