Why Birth Control Is an Economic Issue
Birth control is perhaps the biggest asset to female autonomy in modern history, and the ability to access free contraception should be a right for anyone who wants it. But access to birth control is not simply a “women’s issue” — it’s an economic issue that is inallof our best interests.
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Consider the following:
- Almost half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. The cost of those births are . The total cost is between .6 and .6 billion every year.
- Significantly reducing unintended pregnancies would .
- Giving women early access to birth control pills accounted for “.”
- Mothers who were able to control their fertility with contraception had children .
- 51 percent of women reported that contraception allowed them to complete their education, and 50 percent said contraception enabled them to work.
Since the Affordable Care Act required insurance companies to cover birth control at no cost to the consumer, women have saved a — and that’sonlyon birth control pills. And the pill isn’t the only type of birth control that’s become affordable — spending on IUDs .
But despite the inroads made by the Affordable Care Act, we have a long way to go in terms of making birth control completely free and accessible. For example, if your workplace chooses not to cover your birth control because of ethical or religious reasons, you’re stuck paying for your contraception out of pocket. With copays ranging from for the pill (and significantly more for long-term, more effective contraceptives such as IUDs), paying for birth control can be cost prohibitive.
This is especially true for women with low incomes — women for whom an unintended pregnancy could be especially financially devastating. And there are other ways to limit access — only without the consent of a parent,and.
If the necessity for accessible birth control isn’t immediately clear from those stats, how about hearing directly from the women affected? A started by Planned Parenthood encouraged women to share how birth control helped them. Here are a smattering of replies:
(and still does) take control of my body, my choices, and keep my attention focused on my education and future!
— Rachel (@racheldyer100)
move my career forward by working demanding jobs & moving across the country multiple times. Also yay less acne!
— The Happy Feminist (@HappyFeminist)
Study abroad. Earn a BA. Get married. Go to grad school.
— Meredith (@MereBny)
— Lisa Yarrow (@LisaYarrow1)
It’s not rocket science. The gives women economic autonomy.
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