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    Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    I say no. Being able to get these things at the expense of others not only enables bad behavior, but reinforces the entitlement ideology. Men and women should take responsibility for their decisions, not get a free ride to be irresponsible.
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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Hell of a lot cheaper than WIC.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Any woman who qualifies for medical assistance should be able to get birth control under that insurance. If we ever managed to join the developed world and have a single-payer system, birth control should be covered on that as well.

    Using contraception is not "bad behavior," and the mind-blowing degree of ignorance it requires for someone to think that is just so beyond me I can't even comprehend it. Using contraception is good, responsible behavior.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    I swear we did a thread just like this a few weeks ago and it came out with a resounding no.

    In any case, I agree with how that turned out as people should be paying for what they need on their own and taxes should be for the protection of our rights and liberties.
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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Yes, we should pay for contraception (for both men and women). Not only am I for paying for condoms and birth control medication, I am also for paying for tubal ligation and vasectomies. No paying for reversals though.

    And my reasons are purely selfish. It is in MY best interest that people aren’t out there having unwanted children. Take however many cents you need to out of my paycheck to make that happen please.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    No paying for reversals though.
    I agree with everything but this. We should be doing everything we can to encourage people who are married and financially stable to have more children, and the reversals are far far more expensive than the initial procedures. Paying for reversals not only encourages people to get the procedure done in the first place, but it allows people to reverse it when the time is right.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    I say yes.

    It will save us money in the long run. Less single mothers on welfare, less demand for other public services, etc.

    There just needs to be cost control so the government isn't overpaying for the birth control.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Gehrig View Post
    I agree with everything but this. We should be doing everything we can to encourage people who are married and financially stable to have more children, and the reversals are far far more expensive than the initial procedures. Paying for reversals not only encourages people to get the procedure done in the first place, but it allows people to reverse it when the time is right.
    Well, I am all for reducing population so I initially disagreed with you. However, the point I bolded is a very good point. People would be more likely to get one if they knew the option to get it reversed was available. So you have convinced me to change my stance on that point.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Paying for a kid to go to school costs about $20k/year. Locking someone up in prison costs about $40k/year. No clue how much food stamps, housing assistance, or child/family services cost, but they ain't cheap.

    Paying for contraceptives costs...what, $500/year, at most?

    Those are just the direct costs of someone having a kid. We can't even quantify the indirect costs unwanted kids have on the parents, how they can stop them from having a brighter future and becoming more productive citizens. (Exceptions exist, but the majority will be bogged down by their unwanted kid and live, less productively, in poverty.)


    As I've said before:
    You'd have to be an idiot to ignore the costs to society of NOT paying for contraceptives, and a hypocrite for then complaining of people being an irresponsible and unproductive burden on society when you shirk responsibility for choosing to deny them a cost effective means of avoiding that situation.

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    Re: Should the country pay for women's contraceptives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krystov View Post
    I say no. Being able to get these things at the expense of others not only enables bad behavior, but reinforces the entitlement ideology. Men and women should take responsibility for their decisions, not get a free ride to be irresponsible.
    Being on contraceptives is responsible behavior in my book. Having sex without protecting yourself from unwanted pregnancy is bad behavior.
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