Hmmm… my knee jerk reaction would be to lower the cost of gas. Then I figured it was worth the effort to put thought into this question. So I googled “cost of raising an American child”; or maybe I should call it, “when prophylactics FAIL – part 1”. With a single mother, not planning on educating the child past the publicly provided American education, the total cost for this calculator http://www.babycenter.com/cost-of-raising-child-ca... is a whopping $152,340
I used those figures because the demographic who truly depends on ‘free’ birth control are those who tend to make the bad decisions where the income is low, the mother is unwed and the support of the child is, in some way, supported by ‘the system.’ Multiply this one by however many swimmers make it through. Our tax dollars at work.
Now the other second part to “when prophylactics FAIL”…
I googled, “medical cost for STDs”. Of course, being American, my results were geared toward the American stastics, “The total estimated burden of the nine million new cases of these STDs that occurred among 15-24-year-olds in 2000 was $6.5 billion (in year 2000 dollars)” (url. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3601104.ht... And that’s from 2000.
With all our cost increases lately, I’m certain that whopping bill is probably significantly more now. I wonder how many of them are receiving their care on taxpayer dollars. Hmmm...
For five minutes of research… I think I’m going to go with keeping the free birth control.
But then, my feet still work.