Compulsory Contraception Coverage Is Common Sense Essay

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Americans have put men on the moon. They have pioneered a new era of technology and innovation, producing the airplane, the car, the light bulb, and thousands of other inventions that have improved the lives of billions. For more than a century, the United States has been one of, if not the most powerful country in the world, with one of the highest standards of living anywhere. But despite all of these enormous successes, countless Americans are unable to afford basic birth control due to limited or no coverage from the majority of their health insurance providers (Sealey). This is inconsistent even with other procedures and treatments that health insurers do cover, including pharmaceuticals such as Viagra for treating impotence. …show more content…
Taxes fund numerous programs and institutions that many Americans find undesirable, such as the military, welfare, and social security. The fact is that in a society, taxes must fund a wide range of policies and practices that all citizens can not possibly agree on, and contraception is one of the least problematic among them. With these facts on what health insurance covers and what tax dollars pay for in mind, one cannot say the US government making coverage of birth control mandatory is unprecedented in any way, but rather that it is a logical choice given current and past policies. In addition, unintended pregnancies and the resulting children are a huge burden to society which if lessened will be hugely beneficial to all Americans. A good parallel to the current debate over birth control coverage is both former and ongoing controversy over syringe exchange programs. These allow addicts to acquire clean syringes at no cost with which to use illegal injection drugs. Syringe exchange programs have faced many of the same problems that free contraceptive programs have but instead of being criticized for “encouraging promiscuity” they are criticized for “encouraging drug use”. Yet it is clear that they save the government large amounts of money in what would otherwise be treatment costs for AIDs and other

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