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CONTRACEPTION: Republicans insulting to women

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on Feb. 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm | 187 Comments »
February 17, 2012 4:40 pm

One picture is worth a thousand words. This is true of the photo of the House oversight committee hearing wherein Republicans convened a panel on birth control coverage that consisted of five men and no women. The chairman and panel may as well have been Archie Bunker convening a panel on race relations.

The chairman also denied women witnesses who attended in order to support insurance contraceptive coverage. He stated they had no expertise. Huh? Women have no valuable expertise or experience regarding contraceptives and insurance coverage?

An articulate young woman law student was denied the chance to speak about the experience of her fellow Georgetown student who was denied contraceptive prescription coverage by the university although she had a documented medical need unrelated to preventing pregnancy. The student couldn’t afford to purchase the prescription on her own, which resulted in grave medical consequences.

The fact is that women take contraceptives not only for birth control and family planning, but for a wide variety of important medical reasons.

A recent national poll showed that 66 percent of Americans support the federal government requiring that contraceptive medicine be covered by health insurers without a co-pay.

Is there an outcry against insurance coverage of vasectomies or Viagra? No.

A panel of five Republican men exclusively convening to discuss health insurance and birth control coverage is beyond insulting. It illustrates a danger to women and a concerted attempt to turn the clock back on women’s health care and a woman’s right to choose her destiny.

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