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The Cost Of Being Female

March 5, 2012

Most women will spend about thirty years trying not to become pregnant regardless of how many children they choose to have.  95 percent of women have used contraception. And unlike what most conservatives believe birth control pills, IUDs and other form of contraceptives aren’t given away like cookies at a Red Cross blood drive.

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum claim birth control “costs just a few dollars” and Georgia Representative Tom Price has argued that “not one woman” has ever been denied access to contraception because she could not afford it. Regardless of the cost even a small monthly copay adds up over that period.

According to the Center for American Progress women spend more than 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care expenses than men do. And contrary to Representative Price’s claims, a 2009 Guttmacher Institute shows that 23 percent of middle and low-income women said they had a harder time paying for birth control. A 2012 Hart Research Associates survey found that 55 percent of young women—including 1 in 3 women—have struggled to afford birth control.

In fact, the pill ranges from $35 to $250 for the initial provider visit and the cost of a monthly supply ranges between $15 and $50 dollars a month. That comes out to around $180 to $600 a year depending on insurance.

Those high costs are exactly why the Institute of Medicine recommended that birth control be covered without a copay. Birth control isn’t simply a pregnancy prevention method—many women use it for other medical reasons. Only about 42 percent of women use the pill in to solely to prevent pregnancy.

If elected Santorum –who has long opposed contraception and claims that states have the right to outlaw birth control—has pledged to preach about “the dangers of contraception” in the United States if elected. “It’s not okay,” Santorum, said, “It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”.

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  1. March 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    Intriguing post – thank you. You consistently publish a engrossing article. I wish to find others soon.

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