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Women need free contraception like Cecile Richards needs a pay rise

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Women need free contraception like Cecile Richards needs a pay rise

What they don’t need are the health issues that come with it.
Janet Garcia | Oct 13 2017 | comment 1 

After the Trump administration’s rollback of the controversial and heavily litigated contraceptive mandate from the Affordable Care Act, everyone from Cecile Richards to Nancy Pelosi to Hollywood stars are crying foul.
When the mandate was put into effect in 2010, it was touted as “necessary” for women’s health and access to contraception. We have now had seven years to see whether the Mandate is actually “necessary” for women to access contraceptives. Short answer: it’s not. Research from the reproductive rights think tank, Guttmacher Institute, found that since the Affordable Care Act and the Mandate began, there has been no change in sexually active women’s use of contraception.
This is not surprising. Before the mandate began, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studyfound that among the 11 percent of women who do not use contraception, cost was not even a “frequently cited reason” for not using birth control (2). Guttmacher found that only 3.7 percent of women obtaining an abortion cited cost as a barrier to using contraception.
The 11 percent of women who do not use contraception have good reason to avoid it. It has been shown that some of the “birth control access” that we have pushed is correlated with an increase in casual sex, and in some cases, STD rates. Birth control has other serious health consequences for many women that are often not adequately communicated to them -- nor the alternatives for spacing births or treating hormonal conditions. Saying birth control is essential healthcare for women can do them a disservice.
Birth control and skyrocketing STD rates
Many advocates of the HHS mandate support it because it ensures that all women will have free provision of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). LARCs, which include intra-uterine devices, implants or hormonal injections, help keep women effectively sterile.  LARCs are associated with increased rates of casual sex among teen girls, likely in part because they foster the illusion that sex can be “consequence free”. LARC users are more than twice as likely to have two or more sexual partners in the previous three months, and twice as likely to have four or more lifetime partners, than those who did not use LARCs”. An especially popular LARC, Depo Provera, is also associated with an increased rate of HIV transmission.
The defense of the contraceptive mandate comes at the same time that the CDC released its annual report on the status of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States in 2016. The figures are staggering. The United States has reached record high rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and Chlamydia, with over 2 million new diagnoses. Especially heartbreaking is the CDC’s assertion that over half of 20 million new diagnoses of all STD’s occur in individuals aged 15-24. Interestingly, LARCs are currently being pushed to this exact population.
Birth control can harm women’s health
In addition to STD rates, contraceptives have other risks that have been largely ignored in this push for free birth control access because “women’s health” supposedly depends upon it. Hormonal contraceptives have been designated as a “known carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, and also carry an increased risk of blood clots which can result in heart attacks, pulmonary emboli or strokes. For example, Merck, the maker of the IUD, NuvaRing, paid out $100 million to settle 3,800 lawsuits related to blood clots. Bayer paid out almost $1.6 billion to settle suits related to Yaz and Yazmin birth control pill complications, which had led to heart attacks and strokes.
If our goal is really to support women’s essential health needs, then we need to start with a basic tenet of solid medical practice-informed consent, specifically in this case, actually informing women of the risks of these medications and devices. As a nurse, I have given presentations to college-aged women about contraceptives. The majority of these educated young women have little to no knowledge about these risks, or even about how contraceptives function in their bodies. I’ve heard these young women exclaim, “Why aren’t we told about this?”
It is disingenuous and simplistic to pretend that women as a group “need” hormonal birth control for their health, and that there are no alternatives for avoiding or achieving pregnancy, or treating hormonal conditions. Many hormonal conditions can be more effectively treated with targeted hormone therapies, rather than a daily contraceptive pill which only masks the underlying disease rather than actually treating it. I personally struggled with pelvic pain and irregular menstrual cycles and many physicians recommended the birth control pill; advice I didn’t take, due to both medical and moral concerns. Instead, I have found reproductive health through progesterone treatment during a limited, specific part of my cycle.
Further, women looking to space pregnancies have alternatives to birth control that are side-effect free and cost-free in the long run. Fertility awareness based methods empower women with knowledge about their cycles that they can use for a lifetime to avoid or achieve pregnancy, no hormonal manipulation necessary.
As a healthcare provider, I am ashamed that we have reached the point that we make women, both young and not-so-young, feel as if they "need" contraceptives to be healthy, or to succeed in life, and that we must force anyone and everyone to pay for it. Consequently, in that quest for access to free birth control, in the effort to paint BC as necessary for women’s health, we have failed to educate women about risks and alternatives.
Janet Garcia writes from Minnesota. She is a wife, mother and registered nurse. Janet is a member of Women Speak For Themselves


October 13, 2017

Hollywood mogul and villain of the week, Harvey Weinstein, is now competing with Donald Trump for negative headlines. It’s awful stuff but his history of sexual harassment of women can’t be overlooked when others with similar records – including Trump – have been put in the stocks of the world’s media.

So we have thrown a couple of rotten tomatoes at this fallen idol in our articles today, but more importantly have tried to shed some light on the context in which such behaviour has flourished. Michael Cook, in his inimitable style, has skewered the institution that winked at Weinstein’s predationsover decades and then delivered him sudden death: Hollywood.

Zac Alstin points out that we can all be blind to our cultural assumptions in responding to the issue of “rape culture”. Conservatives are inclined to respond by saying, “protect yourself”, and not give enough importance to feminist calls to educate men. This might not, he argues, be as difficult as it sounds.

And in an essay that predates the Weinstein scandal, Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, an assistant professor of political science, critiques a conservative defence of Hugh Hefner that went something like: “well, at least he recognised there are two complementary sexes.”

Next week we return to the Russian Revolution and its legacy.

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
Why the Nobel Peace Prize brings little peace
By Ronald R. Krebs
The Committee's choices have been noble, but also sometimes naive.
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Are we too tolerant of sexual assault?
By Zac Alstin
‘Rape culture’, prudence, and double-standards.
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Women need free contraception like Cecile Richards needs a pay rise
By Janet Garcia
What they don’t need are the health issues that come with it.
Read the full article
The Playboy lifestyle and the death of sexual complementarity
By Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo
Should conservatives be celebrating Hefner's 'vision'?
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5 lessons Harvey Weinstein can teach us about Hollywood
By Michael Cook
The latest scandal shows that root-and-branch reform is needed
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America’s abortion extremism
By Sheila Liaugminas
Hard to be the shining beacon of human rights and dignity with this record.
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The good libertarian
By J. Budziszewski
The bad libertarian is more often a statist.
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Please quit calling the workforce gender gap the ‘motherhood penalty’
By Veronika Winkels
Let mum and dad work out their own fair share of home work.
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I’m same-sex attracted and I’m voting No
By James Parker
Many gay men and women realise that children have a right to be raised by biological parents
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