Birth control is good public policy?
This just makes my jaw go bouncing off the keyboard:
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The president of Planned Parenthood has argued that the new federal health care reform ought to consider funding all contraception with taxpayer dollars because preventing new children leads to less government expense.
In an appearance on the Bill Press radio show, PP president Cecile Richards said that, although the costs of the federal health care bill already promise to skyrocket out of control, federal officials ought to consider covering birth control a priority because of the "cost savings" benefit of fewer children being born.
"I think it's important, Bill, to understand that unlike some other issues of cost, birth control is one of those issues that actually saves the government money," said Richards. "So an investment in covering birth control actually in the long run is a huge cost savings because women don't have children that they weren't planning on having and all the sort of attendant cost for unplanned pregnancy.
"So we actually feel that covering birth control is not only it's the right thing to do for women, it's good for women it's good for their health care, but it's frankly good public policy."
The remarks reflect sentiments aired by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when prompted to justify the contraceptive funding in last year's massive stimulus bill. The speaker explained that preventing births "will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government."
Richards also touted artificial birth control as "the most normative medical care that exists in America," calling the push for its universal availability a "no-brainer."
Planned Parenthood and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently launched a massive campaign, called "Birth Control Matters," to pressure the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that all prescription contraception is completely covered by health insurers under "preventive care."
Rita Diller, the national director of Stop Planned Parenthood International, indicated that the true reason for the abortion giant's campaign was not expanded contraceptive availability, but an expanded profit margin.
"In reality, birth control is already widely available to women and even young girls, on a sliding scale basis, so that those who cannot afford the dangerous steroidal pills can receive them at little or no cost," Diller told LifeSiteNews.com. Therefore, she said, covering all birth control as preventive care "will not increase its availability, but will dramatically increase Planned Parenthood’s profit margin, by not only requiring new private health plans to cover 100% of the cost, but also requiring state Medicaid programs to pay 100% of the cost for all Medicaid recipients."
Diller noted that, according to the testimony of former Planned Parenthood chief financial officer P. Victor Gonzalez, the organization purchases contraceptives "at rock bottom prices and resells it at up to 12 times its acquisition cost."
"If Medicaid is required to pay 100 percent of the price Planned Parenthood charges for prescription birth control, it will be laughing all the way to the bank, at our expense," she said.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has challenged Planned Parenthood's campaign, arguing that contraception and sterilization "prevent not a disease condition, but the healthy condition known as fertility." In addition, the bishops pointed out the possibly severe repercussions such a mandate would pose for conscientious health care providers, especially in the case of abortifacient "contraceptive" drugs such as ella and other emergency contraception.
If we're turning it into a "dollars and cents proposition" then consider that fewer children equals fewer workers, equals fewer taxes, equals fewer consumers. Great stuff if you're trying to pare down the human race. Despite the doom & gloom sayers who perennially shriek that we're running out of room/food/whatever, there has been no objective proof of too many people. Starvation in Third World countries is normally caused by either corrupt governments or warring neighbors.
The interesting thing is that most of the time, when "progressive" interest groups are out to suck more money out of the government, they claim it's "for the children." I don't think they can make that claim this time.
Yeah--every country with a low birth rate is experiencing a problem--not enough tax payers to fund the social welfare system as people get older.
Besides--what this isrealy about is getting the government to fund the worship of Moloch, devourer of Children, and Asmodeus, lord of lust, by appealing to the American idol,Mamon.
They seem to be the trinity for our secular ruling class--because that's what they push and this crap has to be deminic
Harry, I wouldn't put anything past the "progressives" these days. They'll claim black is white, up is down, etc.
IR, yep. Demonic is a good description of the whole thing.
Birth control and abortion are two of the biggest reasons that Social Security is going bust (next to the fact that the government kept spending S.S. money like it was going out of style).
As a nation, we have either killed off future workers or prevented their birth.
They say it's good public policy. That all depends upon which segment of the society you live in. If you're a fetus...
Most Rev. Gregori, not to worry about those workers. If the Dems have their way we'll be flooded with replacements from south of the border. The fact that they won't speak English and are only suited for manual labor will be deemed unimportant.
Arby, a fetus of today is like a Jew of Germany in the 1930's except that the Jew WAS considered human!
What I'm wondering is why men feel they have a say in what women do with their bodies. It's not men's choice. It's women's choice. Until men are the ones that have to go through childbirth, they should have no say in the matter.
Anonymous, I'm wondering who is supposed to speak for the woman in the womb? Doesn't she have a say in whether she lives or dies?
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