On the July 21st O’Reilly Factor, while debating whether or not birth control should be available without co-pays, Bill O’Reilly made a jaw-dropping assertion about women: “Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They're not going to use birth control anyway.”
(The offending comment takes place during the discussion between 2:56-4:07)
Unbelievable. Thankfully pundits like O’Reilly don’t have any say in the matter. In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to determine what services should qualify as preventive services under the Women’s Health Amendment to the Affordable Care Act. Last week the IOM recommended that birth control should be included on the that list. Now all that stands in the way of making birth control available without co-pays is a final decision from HHS. Take Action--tell the HHS to take the IOM's recommendation and require new insurance plans to cover prescription birth control with no co-pays.
-by Karina, Web Editor, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund