Blog Challenge, Day 1: About the birth control…

I have decided in what is literally the eleventh hour to challenge myself to post to my blog every day. Either this will result in me becoming more comfortable with publishing and make me a better writer or it will bore you to tears. I apologize in advance.

To kick off this new challenge I’ve decided to share a couple of thoughts I have about this whole war-on-women-birth-control-healthcare issue.

As I see it, there are 2 major flaws with the premise that not providing birth control coverage or subsidies is somehow a war on women. First of all, you’re working with the assumption that all women of child-bearing age want or need birth control. Of the total number of women of child-bearing age, only a little over half of them would want birth control. Of that number, less than half of them would need it. I don’t have links or statistics, if you demand them I will look them up. I’m just pointing out that the number of women who would want birth control compared to the number of women for whom the left feigns to speak is divergent.

The second major flaw as I see it is the assumption that all women who want or need birth control are insistent on having the government either subsidize it or force employers to cover it in their health plan. I’m almost positive if you looked beyond the end of your nose you’d encounter women who are free-market capitalists who also purchase birth control. They’re not so keen on paying more taxes because politicians wanted to paint an entire sex with one broad victim brush stroke. No pun intended.

So while Obama and his band of victims’ advocates try to pander to a large group by declaring the right has waged a war on women, I do wonder if they’ve stopped long enough to even consider that the group they’re advocating for is considerably smaller than they had assumed. Note to leftists: you aren’t fighting for women. You’re fighting for socialist-minded perpetual victims who just happen to have a uterus. Real women aren’t buying it.

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4 thoughts on “Blog Challenge, Day 1: About the birth control…

  1. Marie says:

    I’m in complete agreement (female of reproductive age with no birth control needed or wanted!) but I’m curious about this statement:
    “Of the total number of women of child-bearing age, only a little over half of them would want birth control.”
    Is there data that suggests that?

    • I knew I would have to do the math sooner or later. 🙂 That’s not a problem. I went to the Census Bureau for data on the number of women of a certain age within the U.S. and to Guttmacher for the information on how many women used the pill (they are “Advancing sexual and reproductive health worldwide…” so they should know, right?). This is what I found: There were 112.8 million people aged 18-44, roughly equally divided by sex, so approximately 60.4 million women of child-bearing age. According to Guttmacher, approximately 10.7 million women used birth control pills (17.7% of the female population ages 18-44). Of that number, 58% used the pill for purposes other than pregnancy prevention (including menstrual pain and other side effects of menstruation, acne, and endometriosis), however 86% of women used the pill primarily for pregnancy prevention (about 9.2 million). So approximately 6.2 million women used the pill for purposes outside of pregnancy prevention. Let’s be generous and say these 6.2 million women “need” birth control pills. That’s barely over 10% of the target age (18-44) that need birth control. If you were to deduct the women over age 35, let’s say about 20 million, you’d still have roughly 27% of the females of that age wanting birth control. So less than half and closer to a fourth. [Sources: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-03.pdf and http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2011/11/15/index.html ]

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