Persuasive Essay On Birth Control

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Birth control has become contentious during America’s 2012 electoral season. But what kind of issue is it? Much of the current tug of war centers on the free preventive health services guaranteed by Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services ruled that birth control and other contraceptive services are part of preventive care and thus must be covered by insurance plans without co-pays. (Houses of worship are exempted from the requirement, and a later adjustment excuses religiously affiliated institutions from paying for contraception coverage, which all employees will get directly from the insurance provider). Despite such accommodations, Republicans have responded to pressures from conservatives who oppose contraception as well as abortion. Waving the flag of “religious liberty,” virtually all Republicans support a huge legislative loophole, the Blunt Amendment, which would allow any employer to invoke a right of “conscience” to refuse to insure contraceptive services for employees. Democrats decry this as part of an ongoing GOP “war” against women’s health care. To shift public attention, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney played the economy card. Women aren’t all that interested in birth control, he declared. His wife Ann tells him that “the economy” is what women “really care about.” But treating contraception and the economy as separate issues is highly misleading. Access to birth control makes it possible for many women to

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