Retired emergency physician/family physician writes letter to editor of Minnesota newspaper stating that insurance should pay for birth control for all women because otherwise rich women could afford to pay for birth control and poor women would be forced to have unwanted children or “back-alley abortions.”
I’m not really sure how someone too poor to purchase birth control is going to be able to purchase insurance so that they receive free birth control via a government mandate, I’m also not sure how people too poor to purchase birth control are going to be able to afford to pay for a “back-alley abortion” on such limited income.
That’s OK. No one ever said that mandates have to make sense or have logically justifiable reasoning to support them.
He’s missing the simple solution to this problem.
Everyone should just be able to pick up as many condoms as they want at any federal building for free. Go drop off your mail, grab a handful of condoms. If government is going to mandate it, the government should pay for it.
Think about it: No worry about adverse side effects from “the pill.” No discrimination against males who don’t get to share in the free handouts. Plus, consider the added bonus of decreasing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
If they were smart, they could even sell political campaign ad space on the packaging. Then again, if that happened, people might get confused and think that the pictures are showing where to put the condoms.