It’s raining Ortho-Novum
Nearly lost in all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the budget deal yesterday came the news that the Obama Administration did us lady folks a solid:
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was expected Monday to announce new guidelines that would require health insurance companies to cover women’s health care services, including birth control and breast exams, without a co-pays or deductibles.
The new rules, made possible by President Obama’s Affordable Care act, would begin Aug. 1, 2012.
“We know that half of women, according to studies, forego or delay preventive care because they can’t afford it and under the affordable care act that all changes,” White House advisor Stephanie Cutter told ABC News.
Services covered will include well-woman exams, screening for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screenings, and all FDA-approved birth control methods — including emergency contraception like the morning-after pill.
Not everyone is happy about this. Last month, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly commented on the recommendation that prompted the policy change:
“Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, and they’re not going to use birth control anyway.”
True. However, many aging, splotchy bullies who sexually harass their subordinates confuse falafels for loofahs, but there’s no movement afoot to restrict the use of those items.
K-Lo over at NRO, whose views on contraception are shaped by the decrees of dress-wearing old men who are publicly celibate, said this:
Those opposing the new rules are simply saying: You can disagree with me on whether or not contraception has helped make a wreck of our lives. But don’t make me violate my conscience.
Also invoking “conscience” objections was Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest:
“Ideologically-driven recommendations became policy,” Yoest noted, “when the Obama Administration adopted the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Nearly every American will be forced to pay for the abortion-inducing drug ella in the name of ‘preventive care.’ In addition, the conscience rights of Americans who choose not to distribute life-ending prescriptions may be trampled.”
The “abortion-inducing drug” in question prevents uterine implantation of blastocysts for up to five days after conception, which is exactly the same as MURDERING INFANTS, as the above illustration makes clear. I’d give the pharmacists who think blastocyst = baby the same advice I’d give devout Muslims or Mormons who think drinking alcohol is a sin and yet aspire to be bartenders: Find another line of work.