Contraceptive use among American women who have had sex (2006-2008). Note: Excludes natural family planning, Courtesy Mother Jones
Rick Santorum’s been on a roll (Rick Roll?) with his opinions on women, their bodies, and their health.
First, late last week Mr Santorum suggested women shouldn’t serve on the front lines of combat. Rick’s now making the claim that birth control – something that is prescribed in at least 14% of cases for reasons other than preventing pregnancy – should not be an insurable thing.
This has nothing to do with access. This is having someone pay for it, pay for something that shouldn’t even be in an insurance plan anyway because it is not, really an insurable item. This is something that is affordable, available. You don’t need insurance for these types of relatively small expenditures. This is simply someone trying to impose their values on somebody else, with the arm of the government doing so. That should offend everybody, people of faith and no faith that the government could get on a roll that is that aggressive.
Sorry, Rick. We’re not offended. As the infographic shows above, 99% of all women have used some form of contraception, and it gets pricey especially for young women, working class women, and women at or below the poverty line, not to mention personal.
Women, what do you think about Rick’s claim that we should be offended?