Recent political debate in Congress surrounding Obama’s requirement for insurance companies to offer birth control coverage has been criticized by conservative groups and GOP leadership, claiming that “every woman” has access to birth control and that it costs “just of few dollars”.
Hmm..that’s interesting, because Mother Jones Magazine just created a birth control cost calculator that estimates the lifetime cost of birth control. For example, a 25-year-old woman without health insurance can expect to pay nearly $47,000 dollars for birth control pills by the time she turns 51, the average age women enter menopause. This estimate factors in retail birth control prices as well as expenses associated with annual exams. An insured 25-year-old woman can expect to pay over $8,000.
Plug in your age and contraceptive method of choice and find out how much you might pay if President Obama’s rule is reversed. I guarantee it will be more than “just a few dollars.”
According to Mother Jones, the average woman spends about 30 years in her lifetime trying to prevent pregnancy, spending far more than just a few bucks. More than 98 percent of women, including Catholics, have used birth control as a contraceptive method in their lifetime. Private insurers not covering the cost of birth control has contributed to women paying 68 percent more in health care expenses than their male counterparts do (Center for Reproductive Law and Policy). Out of pocket expenses add up, and should not be an issue for GOP politicians to distort.
Planned Parenthood knows how challenging it can be for women to afford birth control. Over 50% of young adult women report inconsistent contraception use due to the high cost of birth control.That’s why Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota offers birth control and other services at no-cost to eligible women. If you are going to school or living paycheck to paycheck, you are most likely eligible to receive birth control at no cost through our 4NOW program. Please visit our website for more information.
-Alexa, Marketing Coordinator Intern, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Datoka