Just catching up on all my RSS
and found out that last Friday South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint sponsored an amendment to the budget
. Among the many anti-contraceptive items, the most heinous is his insistence "that birth control prices be 900% higher for college women than they were previously."
Apparently this is just the latest of many attacks on contraception; others being lead by the catholic church, the religious right, or just republicans in general.
Going back a little further on the problem... The problem started when Bush removed college health centers
, private birth control clinics
, and some safety net health clinics
(including about a quarter of Planned Parenthoods
) from the discounted drug programs. He did it in 2005 with the Federal Deficit Reduction Act, and afterward claimed he didn't intend to remove them; but sat by idly while birth control pills shot from $5 per month to $50.
The Prevention First Act (S. 21
and H.R. 463
), and similar legislation
proposes improving access to contraception; including getting the groups Bush excluded back into the discounted drug programs.
Opponents are calling it an "abortion bailout" and DeMint says lowering the cost of birth control is an "earmark" for Planned Parenthood. Also part of Demint's amendment is to remove the Affordable Birth Control Act ("which requires no expenditure but simply reinstates college health centers and other safety net clinics back into the discounted drug pricing program"). One of Demint's arguments is "that by reestablishing the prices discount for birth control these health centers will keep the cost-savings for themselves and charge women the same inflated prices." Since most of them are non-profit organization, where would he pull an idea like that from? Maybe his own mind with a thought like 'well that's what I would do
If you're the type to feel so inclined... Contact your senator
(or other elected officials
), and let them know to vote against DeMint's Amendment 649
On a related side-note, the ACLU has a call to action for Obama to End Federal Funding for Abstinence Only Programs
, if you are interested.