When do your beliefs trump mine?

October 10, 2017

 

“No uterus, no opinion” epitomizes how many feminists were feeling last Friday when Trump’s administration issued a new rule, effective immediately, stating that employers with a “religious or moral objection” will no longer be required to cover free birth-control pills in their health care plans. 


That is to say, employers who wish to instantaneously remove subsidized birth control can do so without legal notice. They are only expected to advise their current employees. 


Keeping in mind that birth control pills must be taken every day at the same time, this half-baked, discriminatory mandate is immediately disruptive of a woman’s menstrual cycle, general health and fundamentally, their wallet. 


For instance, a woman who recently walked out of the drug store “co-pay” free may not have this ability the next time depending on her employer’s health insurance.

 

On average, a month’s supply of pills can cost $50 or more with a $35-$250 doctor’s visit every time they need the prescription filled. 


That’s an extra $600 or more a year for the rest of a person’s life that will no longer be covered. 

 

Some states allow medication refill requests submitted online but Texas is not one of them. 


Aside from contraceptive reasons, 58% of women use birth control to treat endometriosis, regulate their menstrual cycle, aid healthier pregnancies, relieve menstrual symptoms and prevent ovarian, endometrial and colon cancer. 


Typical of any other mediation, there are also negative side effects but it all depends on how the person adapts to the medication. 


It takes three months for the body to adjust and during that time symptoms may occur but it is also highly likely that they will diminish after the adjustment period. 


If the body does not regulate itself accordingly, there are several brands and doses that can help the body become more in sync. 


There are also two kinds of pills: the birth control pill which contains synthetic estrogen and progestin or the mini pill which is progestin only. 


Because it is a misnomer, a majority of people hear the word “birth control” and automatically assume that these pills are just for contraceptive reasons or better yet, that women need to abstain and stop complaining about their periods.


The new rule stems from previous lawsuits by “Little Sisters of the Poor” and “Hobby Lobby” in which both companies refused to provide birth control pills because it clashes with their beliefs.


Both organizations clung to freedom of religion in their cases and rightfully so but the first amendment also states that there is not a “law respecting an establishment of religion.” 


What ever happened to separation of church and state and when did we become so adamant of religious agenda?


For one thing, I understand that there are many people who think birth control pills seriously conflict with their religion/morals and they feel like they are being forced to provide that service. 


But for another, I don’t think it’s morally just to also deny someone medically proven health care.

 

Before Oct. 6, free birth control pills were helping millions of women and alleviating their financial pressure and mental distress.


 That privilege should not be taken away from them and if that’s the way it has to be now, both men and women need to defend themselves and be pro-active. 
 

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