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BIRTH CONTROL: Debate boils down to basic fairness

Letter by Sophie DeWitt, Tacoma on March 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm | 67 Comments »
March 9, 2012 10:36 am

Re: “GOP senators fail to reverse birth control rule” (TNT, 3-1).

The defeat of the Blunt Amendment proves that, to most reasonable Americans, birth control is not an issue. If the amendment had passed, employers could choose to opt out of covering not only birth control but any health service in the Affordable Care Act they deemed to be immoral.

Contraception is basic health care, similar to other preventative medicine such as medication for heart disease. This debate boils down to an issue of basic fairness and equity. Contraception is used by 85 percent of women at some point in their lifetimes. Women of childbearing age pay 68 percent more for basic health care than men in the same age group because they must pay for birth control out of pocket.

It is women who are being victimized today. I absolutely agree with the Obama administration when it declares that “decisions about medical care should be made by a woman and her doctor, not a woman and her boss.”


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