Birth control pills are poor health care

The article “Free birth control is advised” (July 20), states “an Institute of Medicine panel recommended that the government require health insurance companies to cover birth control for women as preventive care, without copayments.”

Why are we treating fertility and pregnancy as diseases? Preventive care is used for a disease, not for a natural capability to bring forth the life of another human being. How is providing birth control pills for women considered health care when the chemicals contained in the pill cause a long list of dangerous side effects, including blood clots, heart attacks and strokes?

Why is the pill classified as health care when it increases women’s risks for contracting sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS? Why are birth control pills, which are steroids, promoted as health care when similar steroids used by athletes are discouraged because of dangerous side effects? How is treating a natural capability with a pill, which is categorized by the World Health Organization as a Class I carcinogen, regarded as health care? “Group I carcinogen” means the most dangerous classification – that is, a definite cause of cancer. Cigarettes also are Class I carcinogens.

How are the birth control pills or morning-after pills deemed health care when one of the mechanisms of action listed in the Physicians Desk Reference is a “change in the endometrium (which reduces the likelihood of implantation),” which means causing the human embryo to be aborted? How is abortion considered health care for the unborn human being?

Good health care is abstinence-only sex education for unmarried people. For married couples, a safe and natural way to space children should be promoted, such as the Creighton Model of Natural Family Planning. Higher success rates are attained for spacing children than with the birth control pill.

Women are healthier and happier because they aren’t consuming dangerous chemicals but learning with their spouse how their bodies and cycles work to assist in planning their family. Marriages have much higher success rates as well. That is good health care!

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