The health department has made birth control covered under the new health care law, putting us ahead of progressive nations like France and Canada.
Last week, we contemplated how much money a woman would save in her lifetime if women's basic health needs covered under the Affordable Care Act. Today, it's official: They will be! The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that health care like birth control and "well woman" physicals will be copay-free starting August 1, 2012.
This is a huge deal for women and their families, and a huge relief for those who predicted some meddling from Congress. But it's a travesty that it's taken our health care system so long to subsidize birth control. Women's rights activists have long advocated for a more accessible way to prevent unintended pregnancies. Many studies (and common sense) indicate that free access to birth control does indeed reduce abortion rates and save the government money in the long run. Given that 99 percent of American women will use birth control at some point in their lives, there's no reason why this legislation should have been delayed, let alone debated.