Birth control pills are poor health care

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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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Insider Information 08/30/11 - 11:05 pm
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I've always been confused

I've always been confused about why "the pill" and abortion are considered health care as well.

If pregnancy is a disease, the fate of humanity is in serious trouble if a cure is found.

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Vito45 08/30/11 - 11:32 pm
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Now, now Peggy; don't go

Now, now Peggy; don't go throwing common sense and logic at people... Some of them will vapor lock.

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Insider Information 08/30/11 - 11:42 pm
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Peggy, I'll pray for you as

Peggy, I'll pray for you as well as for the end to abortion.

At one time, blacks weren't considered human. They were considered property. Prayers were answered and slavery ended.

At one time, Jews weren't considered people. Prayers were answered and Nazi Germany fell.

At one time, people didn't recognizes babies as people. Prayers will be answered and abortion will be stopped.

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faithson 08/30/11 - 11:52 pm
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Ms. Catherine, bless her

Ms. Catherine, bless her heart, needs to get a better handle on REALITY or at least the reality most people outside her 'purview' are living. Women's reproduction rights are just that... The Women's. All the wishing and praying, sign holding, and such will not alter the fact that Women now have control of their uterus's, and can now in fact birth 'wanted' children into this world. There can be nothing more immoral on this planet than demanding a women birth an 'unwanted child', sorry but I stand for the children... not the adults !

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Vito45 08/31/11 - 12:11 am
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Peggy, have you ever seen

Peggy, have you ever seen someone start going LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA very loud when someone is saying someething that refuse to hear?

That is the noise you are hearing right now. Abortion is a very, very thorny issue that the absolutists on both sides keep supercharged. As a matter of principle I oppose it, but as a pragmatist I understand it is not a zero sum proposition. I respect the woman's right to determine her own reproductive choices, but at the same time I recognize that at some point that mass of rapidly dividing cells is a human baby that should be afforded protection too. The solution lies somewhere in between and calmer thinkers should prevail on where that tipping point is. I fully support the use of the morning after pill because I don't subscribe to the idea that at that moment of conception it is a human with all of the parts and pieces that make us what we are. Now, when a woman knows she is pregnant but decideds at a later date to terminate it, I have a problem with that ( unless it is early term and they can conclusivesly decide through genetic testing that the fetus is hopelessly abnormal)

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Vito45 08/31/11 - 12:33 am
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Yes Peggy, you can count on

Yes Peggy, you can count on it that someone has already whined (reported)about the content. Those are the LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA people to whom I referred. THEY are the enemies of free speech, not the AC.

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InChristLove 08/31/11 - 06:41 am
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Well I believe i just

Well I believe i just discovered who MyNamePeggy really is.....

Actually I thought at first you were making some good points, then you got unnecessarily graphic and at some point totally ignorant (IMO). You sound so much like "citybank" I have suddenly lost all interest in your viewpoint and disregarded your comments.......Yeah Vito45, I'm probably one of those who you refer to as LA-LA-LA-LA-LA people. Until someone can discuss a sensitive topic without becoming offensive, I'll just move on to the next topic.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/31/11 - 06:43 am
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Just to clarify.....although

Just to clarify.....although I may be a LA-LA-LA-LA- person, I don't report people's comments so evidently "Peggy" has offended someone else as well.

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Jon Lester 08/31/11 - 07:18 am
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Where to begin? Thankfully

Where to begin? Thankfully Peggy has some of the bases covered already.

No legislation will make people any better at choosing their partners. That should be painfully obvious to any observant person in the CSRA and beyond.

For those cases when the partner isn't chosen because it's a matter of violation, wouldn't you at least want to prevent this undesirable conception?

Whether you believe we have an income disparity problem in this country or not, wouldn't you agree that this nation is better off with a healthier future tax base than a growing underclass? I don't think this letter was written by someone who wants to see "entitlement" spending expanded.

Finally, there's no pill to prevent heartbreak and other emotional consequences of having ill-advised relations. This is where you come in, as a parent, neighbor, what have you. Support the women of your family and community and be there for them when they need you the most.

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Little Lamb 08/31/11 - 08:09 am
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Jon Lester asked, “Whether

Jon Lester asked, “Whether you believe we have an income disparity problem in this country or not, wouldn't you agree that this nation is better off with a healthier future tax base than a growing underclass?”

There is a fallacy in his question. He asserts that aborted babies would contribute only to the “underclass” if they were allowed to be born. He has no evidence to back that up.

America is keeping its birth rate lower than its demand for labor. Thus we have waves of immigration (much of it illegal) to make up for the shortage. The same thing is happening in Europe.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/31/11 - 08:52 am
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Making a blank statement that

Making a blank statement that birth control pills causes cancer is inaccurrate. According the the National Cancer Institute "Researchers have focused a great deal of attention on OC users over the past 40 years. This scrutiny has produced a wealth of data on OC use and the development of certain cancers, although results of these studies have not always been consistent. The risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers is reduced with the use of OCs, while the risk of breast and cervical cancers is increased"

So in some cases, the risk is increased, in some cases the risk is reduced.

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Chillen 08/31/11 - 09:26 am
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It all boils down to people

It all boils down to people wanting others to pay for their lifestyle choices. America the Great has been replaced by America the Entitled.

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Techfan 08/31/11 - 10:25 am
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Let me guess, your religious

Let me guess, your religious views make you opposed to ALL contraception and you like to push your religious views on everyone else. Just come out and say it so you don't have to go through all the malarkey.

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Insider Information 08/31/11 - 10:33 am
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Based on the comments here,

Based on the comments here, you all agree that Ms. Longtin is absolutely right.

NONE of the comments posted here argue with her central point that birth control (the pill, abortion, etc.) is not health care.

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belle 08/31/11 - 10:42 am
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insider, I argued with the
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insider, I argued with the central point but was censored....

First, let me point out that MANY women suffer horribly painful, erratic and heavy cycles each month. The only common treatment is....birth control. I had to go on it as a teen to prevent a monthly visit to the emergency room. I know several other teens who had to do
the same. As an adult they change the pill many times trying to find one that works for each patient to keep them hormonally balanced and able to function. For this reason alone, it should be covered by insurance.

The morning after pill is a totally different scenario.

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realitycheck09 08/31/11 - 10:53 am
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So, why didn't the letter

So, why didn't the letter just say what she really wanted to say: the writer thinks Jesus doesn't want unmarried people to have sex.

If we take religion out of it and just view it from a policy view, though, people are going to have sex. Believe it or not, they ALWAYS have out of wedlock. So, the government has to ask: would we rather pay for the pill or would we rather pay for abortions and/or unwanted babies?

It's a much better policy, economically, to pay for the pill. The government is going to have to pay one way or the other. This is the lesser of the three "evils", IMO.

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Vito45 08/31/11 - 11:54 am
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10-4 RC From a practical view

10-4 RC From a practical view we should give and encourage BC to poor people especially.I would rather pay a few dollars/month for the pill than pay $tens of thousands$ for the childhood years of their welfare dependent offspring; who, BTW, are likley to go out and create more welfare dependent offspring when of reproduction age.

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dougk 08/31/11 - 12:19 pm
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That's why he/she is called
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That's why he/she is called "realitycheck."

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howcanweknow 08/31/11 - 12:39 pm
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Catherine has good

Catherine has good intentions, but she has some misinformation. She's confusing the steroids used for birth control with steroids (mis)used by athletes. They are different. BC pills rarely cause cancer when used properly. In fact, BC pills provide other health benefits besides contraception. They are among the safest meds. available, according to most information. Yes, BC pills can cause blood clots, but this is mostly in women who smoke. For the typical woman, they are pretty safe.

Yes, the "morning-after" pill is an abortion pill that can destroy a human life. But, other BC pills prevent conception before that life is created. There is a difference.

BC pills DO NOT increase the risk of AIDS or STDs. They have no effect on these diseases at all. Illicit sex (primarily outside of marriage and with multiple partners) often leads to these diseases. When BC pills are used in the confines of a monogamous marriage, you will not have problems with AIDS or STDs.

Catherine is zealous in her ideas, but her medical "facts" are more wishful thinking than reality.

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realitycheck09 08/31/11 - 01:41 pm
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howcanweknow - I think the

howcanweknow - I think the inference was that one who is on the pill is more likely to have unprotected intercourse and is, therefore, more likely to get AIDS and STDs. That's actually a relatively logical argument made in the letter.

Vito45 - exactly. Sometimes we just have to take our personal feelings out of it when making policy. That's what that whole "separation of church and state" thing means.

Dougk - it's a "he". lol.

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allhans 08/31/11 - 02:02 pm
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I would suggest that women

I would suggest that women and men go through a simple operation of clipping a tube and then never having to worry about birth control again.
It's fairly safe, not expensive and is over and done with in a matter of hours.

Now, disease..that is another matter.

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realitycheck09 08/31/11 - 02:52 pm
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allhans - except that doesn't

allhans - except that doesn't solve the problem of people who do not want kids *now* but want them *later*

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Cassandra Harris 08/31/11 - 03:21 pm
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Gee, would have been

Gee, would have been interesting to read the post(s?) by the mysterious Peggy that got so many up in arms.

That said, it was kind of weird how quickly this thread devolved from a letter about not providing birth control to women who need it and a discussion of abortion.

As to the LTE, it would be nice if, before printing such letters, the editors that be would medically check the facts. So many flaws in her LTE I don't even know where to begin.

Why is BC covered under health care? Because it not only has such a huge impact on the physical and mental health of the mother, but on the child that will be born without this medication. Yes, medication, birth control pills are medication that is prescribed by a physician. I am dumbfounded that the very same people who want to scream the loudest that women should not have abortions to end unwanted pregnancies often are yelling just as loud that the medicines that would prevent these unwanted pregnancies should be denied to the women who need them most.

Making affordable birth control available to women just makes sense. People on this site are constantly drumming the "entitlement" mantra. As I recall, not too long ago a certain republican politician compare women being raped to him being prepared for a flat tire and inferred they should all be on contraceptives just in case. When wealthy women have sex, are victims of incest, are raped, have a moment of weakness, they have the money to "take care of the problem" and to cover up the misfortune of the event. When the same things happen to a poor woman, she is expected to just get pregnant and carry the baby. When she is unable to care for the unplanned child and requires assistance, then she is called a "leech on society". aaaahhh, the beauty of judgement.

I agree that this smacks of the writer believing that everyone must be married to have sex, but it doesn't always work out that way. Even in the context of marriage, couples may need/want to refrain from or put off having children. A young couple who is struggling to get up in life, a couple who've been together for a while who have hit financial hardship, a couple who fear passing on a genetic disorder.

What makes me sick is how many insurance companies will cover viagra but not contraceptives.

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Cassandra Harris 08/31/11 - 03:28 pm
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Are all posts to this thread

Are all posts to this thread being held "for moderation"?

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Cassandra Harris 08/31/11 - 03:30 pm
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Guess not. Wonder what scary

Guess not. Wonder what scary thing I said in my post got it flagged before it even hit the page. Sean?

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Cassandra Harris 08/31/11 - 03:49 pm
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The content of this post is

The content of this post is contained in the above post which was "held for moderation" with no explanation as to why. It would be helpful to be told why it was flagged. Sean?

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Sean Moores 08/31/11 - 03:44 pm
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Cassandra, something in the

Cassandra, something in the wording made the spam filter catch it.
This is an unfortunate side effect of our spam filter, but it catches so much legitimate spam that it's a side effect we will all have to live with.

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Cassandra Harris 08/31/11 - 03:49 pm
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Thank you. Just wanted to

Thank you. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crossing the censorship line.

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GaStang22 08/31/11 - 04:10 pm
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I agree with Cassandra. This
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I agree with Cassandra. This letter writer would rather have a lot more irresponsible people making babies for others to pay to care for rather than giving them at least a choice to not put them or the new baby in a bad situation. Don't we have enough of those people around making millions of babies even with free birth control?? It should make you happy peggy that so many women are taking your advice and having millions of welfare babies. Not saying anymore than that for I do not want to be banned. lol

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InChristLove 08/31/11 - 04:24 pm
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"As to the LTE, it would be

"As to the LTE, it would be nice if, before printing such letters, the editors that be would medically check the facts. So many flaws in her LTE I don't even know where to begin."

I believe this is the opinion segment of the AC and a letter to the editor. Letters are based on the writer's opinion therefore it may or may not contain facts and we may or may not agree with the writer opinion.

That being said, I believe the writer's letter was basically about women and the use of birth control pills, the dangers in her opinon to the health of women. Credit goes to "Peggy" for detouring the topic towards abortion with her gross and uncalled for post earlier.

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