The phony war over contraceptives

For all the name-calling, divisiveness and hatred--yes, hatred--ignited by the Barack Obama administration's order requiring that virtually every American woman must receive free contraception, the truth of the matter is quite different than it's being portrayed by the left.

Truth is, most insurance policies already cover contraception, and if yours doesn't, you should be able to spring $9 a month at your local pharmacy. (And let's not hear the usual banality about how it would force women to choose between birth control and eating.) Reports the Weekly Standard:

Today, in the United States, the federal government does not force insurers to provide free contraception. Yet contraception is as widely available as it is cheap. Most insurance policies cover it. The federal government gives birth control to the poor through Medicaid. The federal government spends an additional $300 million per year to provide it to low-income and uninsured Americans who don’t qualify for Medicaid​—​spending that the staunchest conservatives in Congress supported even when Republicans controlled the presidency, the Senate, and the House. If a middle- or upper-income woman happens to be in one of the small number of plans that don’t cover contraception​—​say, an employee at a college run by Catholic nuns​—​she can buy birth control pills for as little as $9 per month at Target.

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