Never again will be there be an unintended pregnancy because a woman couldn’t afford birth control. (Whether she remembers to take it, and takes it correctly is another story entirely.)
A year from now, birth control will be free.
As in, available for no money. Birth control. For all women. And it’s not just birth control that will be free. Also gratis beginning in August 2012 are morning-pills, mammograms, pap smears and other preventative women’s health services.
This is all thanks to news guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
There is one unfortunate exception, however: Health care providers affiliated with religious groups will not be required to adopt the new guidelines. Those groups are taking issue with certain aspects of the new rules, particular the availability of the morning-after pill.
Nevertheless, the government stands by the new rules, which they say are meant to benefit women’s health.
“These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement, according to ABC News.
Private insurance companies will be required to cover the aforementioned services without a co-pay, co-insurance or deductibles.
Go on — find fault with these new rules. I dare you.