Subsidized birth control: Right or personal choice?

Subsidized birth control: Right or personal choice?

Published: 10 March, 2012, 13:08

Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Resident

With US presidential elections on the horizon a debate over whether birth control should be subsidized by the US government is in full swing.

The Republican Party held a congressional hearing last month to decide if birth control should be included in health care plans, raising the question whether religious organization should provide it.

RT’s Lori “The Resident” Harfenist has been asking the people of New York if contraception coverage should be mandated by the US government.

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The argument was over women who derive a medical benefit from using birth control (i.e. those who are using it for its other medical properties and not its contraceptive properties) should be entitled to receive it for free.  If they are receiving it in the context of medical treatment, why should they not receive it for free?  What if it turns out that spermicide is the cure for acne?  Will chronic acne sufferers be unable to procure it simply because it can also be used as a contraceptive?  How simplistic.


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