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Birth Control is an Economic Issue

9:21 pm - 09/30/2012


A new study from the Guttmacher Institute reveals what you no doubt already know: Women use birth control because it gives them more control over their lives. They reported that staying baby-free for as long as they choose gives them more freedom to achieve their goals, such as completing an education, getting or keeping a job, and supporting themselves financially, according to research set to be published in the journal Contraception.


That point about controlling their finances was major. Of the 2,094 women surveyed, the most common reason they cited for using birth control was a financial one. Sixty-five percent of survey respondents said they use BC because they can’t afford to have a baby.

“Women’s reasons for using contraception are in many ways reflections of their concern about the consequences an unintended pregnancy would have on their lives, especially during periods of economic stress,” says study co-author Jennifer Frost, Ph.D.

Not a surprise to us—when we asked our Twitter followers why they love birth control, money was something a number of them mentioned.

Even Bigger Financial Benefits
And here’s something else: Not does birth control help women keep their finances in check on a microeconomic, individual level, but research shows that it can also reduce the strain on government services like Medicaid.

Existing Guttmacher Institute data on publicly funded contraceptive services shows that every dollar invested in helping women avoid unintended pregnancies saved $3.74 in related Medicaid expenditures. To put it simply: A dollar spent on pregnancy prevention is $3.74 saved. This stat is even more eye-opening when you consider that one in five babies born in the United States are the result of unintended pregnancies (according to data published in Contraception in 2011).


How to Save Even More
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, women with health insurance can now get their birth control for free. We’re sure you already know this, but the Affordable Care Act allows insured women to receive preventative care services, including well-woman visits and contraception, without a co-payment, co-insurance, or a deductible. (Read more about which women’s health services are covered here.)

If you already have insurance, the changes will take effect once your plan is renewed for the new fiscal year. It could have happened when the provision of the ACA went into effect on August 1, or it can happen anytime before August 1, 2013, depending on the particulars of your plan. Call your insurance provider to find out the specifics or, if you’re insured through work, reach out to your human resources or benefits department. Note: If your insurance plan is through a religious institution, they are not required to provide these services without a co-pay and they have until August 1, 2013, to make their decision about whether they intend to opt out.

Women's Health
fluorescenta 1st-Oct-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
oh, but birth control is a ~distraction~ from the real issues*

*sarcasm.
revertigo 1st-Oct-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
so are ~gay rights~


always said by the same jackasses who fight so hard to have certain rights taken away and cementing them as issues in the first place.
hammersxstrings 1st-Oct-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
ugh i get so mad whenever i hear someone say this. especially if it's a woman. i'm like WHY DON'T YOU CARE THAT YOU DON'T COUNT TO THEM???
chasingtides 1st-Oct-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm shocked. Shocked, I say. Allowing people with uteri sovereignty over their fates and bodies bodes well for society? Someone fetch my smelling salts!
rhysande 1st-Oct-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
A woman's ability to control when she chooses to become pregnant and/or have a child, through reliable contraception and abortion, is a great equalizer in the workplace and marriage. I suspect some of the opposition to women's access to contraception has more to do with eliminating "women get pregnant" as an excuse to avoid hiring, advancing, and equally compensating women in the workplace than it has to do with "morality" and policing whether a woman has sex or not.

Poor good old boys. Must be terrifying to see all these women starting to crack, shatter, and breach the glass ceiling.
tabaqui 1st-Oct-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
This.
violetrose 1st-Oct-2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh I'll bet they cry their bitter, salty man-tears at night. Poor babies. :(
carmy_w 1st-Oct-2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Not to mention that it means that women can say "No, you do NOT have a say in my life just because you are in a relationship with me. You are not allowed to control me via my reproductive system any more!"

I sometimes think the loss of control has more to do with the objections to birth control than any other item. We can no longer be subjugated.
lady_borg 2nd-Oct-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
OMG yes.
mutive 1st-Oct-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
100% of this feels like "no shit sherlock". Like, wow...so you mean that when women don't have kids they don't want to have that everyone benefits? Why! Surprise me some more! Next thing you know, you're going to show me that planned children statistically do better than unplanned children. Or maybe that women are pretty capable of saying, "Hey, I'm not sure that I can afford another kid right now, maybe I'd better take that pill". Woah! Women thinking! It's like some weird distopian nightmare that's not straight out of the "Handmaiden's Tale".
natyanayaki 1st-Oct-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
10000000000000000000000000000000000000 times this!

Ok, this is off topic but for some reason (I have no idea why) your post reminded me of this. Years ago, a woman called me a sexist (against men) because I had the audacity to claim that a woman has the sole right to make final decisions regarding a fetus as long as she's the incubator.
revertigo 1st-Oct-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
but alas...
maladaptive 1st-Oct-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
And yet it's something I often find myself explaining to other women. Like I'm a liberal for women's issues, not "real" issues like the economy. "Lilly Ledbetter directly affects my economic power. BC is an economic issue."

A lot of them either haven't thought of it, or think the connection is tenuous. Just work hard and make the same money as men and keep your legs closed! Also never marry because your husband expects sex, I guess.
ecrivais 1st-Oct-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
OBVIOUSLY women just need to keep their legs closed! If they can't afford to have kids then they shouldn't have sex!!!!! They deserve to give potential kids terrible lives because they are sluts duhhh!!!!!!

SOMEONE THINK OF THE UNFERTILIZED EGGS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE FERTILIZED!!!!!!!!!!!! WOMEN SHOULD ONLY HAVE SEX TO PROCREATE!!!!!!!!!!!! (men can do whatever they want because it's in their nature #nohomo!!!!!!!!!!!!)
natyanayaki 1st-Oct-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
But NOBODY talks about all the wasted sperm. We MUST BAN MALE MASTURBATION.
recorded 1st-Oct-2012 09:39 am (UTC)


I just wish people would understand the information already :(
maynardsong 1st-Oct-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
You mean...fewer of my tax dollars are required to subsidize birth control than are required to pay for children's education and medical expenses? Who knew!
rhysande 1st-Oct-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Fewer of your tax dollars are required to subsidize birth control than are required to pay for prenatal care and childbirth. Add in the cost of children's education, health care, foster care, and other social and legal services and programs and birth control is overwhelmingly economical and beneficial to society. That isn't taking into account the savings due to the drop in crime and imprisonment that follows 15 years, give or take a few years, after birth control becomes easily available to women who would otherwise be forced to have children they either didn't want or couldn't afford.
nicosian 1st-Oct-2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
I've read posts ( not here) where GOP'ers say "they can just go to planned parenthood!!" Oh. You mean the ones being pushed out of operation?

And then they wail "MAH tax dollars!?" Oh, you mean making the woman's insurance co pay for the same benefit level as men get for their gender based health care ( or however it should be phrased).

Then they squeak "Government shouldn't dictate to business/religions/people! freedoms!" Oh, like the sheer volume of invasive measures slapped on women trying to access said services?

and the "don't have sexxxxx!" so its ok if the menfolk do, because there's really little repercussion, but the women should all be celibate? How exactly is THAT a solution?



I mean as I understand it under ACA, covering birth control isn't a tax-dollar issue, its a "hey insurers, quit being arseholes to the ladies" mandate. Am I mistaken seeing where "Tax Dollars for free contraceptives!" is in the mix?
violetrose 1st-Oct-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
"don't have sexxxxx!"

And ironically of course, these same dudes would be outraged if women just suddenly went 'okay!' and stopped having sex with men.

It just goes back to the idea that women's bodies are the property of men and so God forbid we decide what happens to them.
carmy_w 1st-Oct-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
I have an idiot young cousin of mine who grew up in Mobile, AL, and believes there is a free clinic on every corner. He shut up when I explained to him that there were all of maybe 3 PP clinics in the entire state of Kansas, plus PP had just been defunded by Brownback.
skellington1 1st-Oct-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
"don't have sexxxxx!" so its ok if the menfolk do, because there's really little repercussion, but the women should all be celibate? How exactly is THAT a solution?

Well, clearly they're all pro-gay.

Wait.

No.

(And you're right on the last point, btw -- it's not 'government funded birth control', it's an extra rule slapped on insurance companies).
rhysande 2nd-Oct-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Women don't need to stop having sex. They just need to stop having sex with the men who want to deprive them of their basic rights.
wrestlingdog 1st-Oct-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
One of these days, this'll actually sink in.
angelofdeath275 2nd-Oct-2012 01:26 am (UTC)
They reported that staying baby-free for as long as they choose gives them more freedom to achieve their goals, such as completing an education, getting or keeping a job, and supporting themselves financially,


no theyre all selfish bitches
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