I don’t know about other women, but I’m really starting to feel picked on and singled out.
Conservative activists now try to redefine the word “preventive” to exclude birth control:
The Obama administration is examining whether the new health care law can be used to require insurance plans to offer contraceptives and other family planning services to women free of charge. The law says insurers must cover “preventive health services” and cannot charge for them. The administration has asked a panel of outside experts to help identify the specific preventive services that must be covered for women.
Dr. Hal C. Lawrence III, vice president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said contraceptives fit any reasonable definition of preventive health care because they averted unintended pregnancies and allowed women to control the timing, number and spacing of births. This, in turn, improves maternal and child health by reducing infant mortality, complications of pregnancy and even birth defects, said Dr. Lawrence, who is in charge of the group’s practice guidelines. But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and some conservative groups, including the Family Research Council, say birth control is not a preventive service in the usual sense of the term.
Administration officials and Democrats in Congress said free preventive care was just one of the health care law’s benefits for women. It also prohibits insurers from charging women more than men of the same age for the same coverage. Such disparities have been common. As a result, premiums for women have often been 25 percent to 50 percent higher than those for men.
Advocates for women’s health, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have urged the administration to require coverage at no cost for family planning, including contraceptive drugs and devices. Likewise, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, “Adolescents and adult women need to have access to the full menu of contraceptive methods without cost-sharing,” along with counseling and education.
I don’t think this will fly, for two reasons: 1. the “panel of outside experts” are actually experts in health care, and they’ll approach “preventive” from a health care angle rather than a “redefining words to further conservative ideology” angle, and 2. “birth control” pretty much means “prevention” to the women I know, in a commonsense conservative sort of way.
“Prevent” or “prevention” would be high on the list of words women use to describe birth control, I bet.
Please stop helping women, conservatives. You’re killing us with kindness. Isn’t there some other group or class that needs your help? Go look.