The Missing Element in the Birth Control Debate
The key element missing is cost and how this influences a woman's choice in choosing birth control devices. Russ Limbaugh, I think we all can agree, is a jerk. He does it for ratings, which he gets and then apologizes. The Republican party only disagree about what words he used but not the overall theme.
Should religious employers provide birth control options to its women employees, free of charge?
Whatever you decide, it comes down to cost. It always does. Condom's cost around $1 that could easily be given out, while an IUD runs $800+. Big Difference! Most employer's medical coverage for employees will cover certain types of birth control and many require co-pay, few actually provide it free. In August, medical plans will be required to cover birth control FDA approved for no co-pays, or free. Of course, religious zealots state this is against their belief and it is government intrusion. Well, only if the church is also an employer who hires those from different faiths and beliefs. Obama then modified it so that women employees of religious employers would not be forced to do it but allow the woman to get it from a medical insurer without any co-pay, or free.
Most women use the pill, hormonal implants and IUDs account for less than 6%. However, if price was not an issue, most women would elect the IUD, in a study of 10,000 women in 2007. But the pill is much cheaper and 92% effective. IUD's are 100% effective. Women that choose the hormonal shots every three months pay a co-pay of $20, depending on the health plan.
Thus, the IUD and hormonal methods are 100% effective and can be so for up to 10 years, yet the initial price is costly and if the medical plan does cover it, the co-pay will be hefty. The long term contraceptives up front range from $500-1000, yet last for many years, which in the long run is cheaper. The pill costs range from $25-75 a month, depending on your plan and type of pill.