Teen Pregnancy Rate Will Drastically Drop – Why?
August 1, 2012 Leave a Comment
Insurance companies are required to cover birth control without a co-pay starting today, August 1st, 2012. Doctors are saying that this will cause a decrease in teen pregnancy rates because it is giving teens access to one of the more effective forms of contraception. Birth control is also one of the more expensive forms of contraception.
Now that these insurance companies are required to cover the birth control co-pay, all new private health plans will have to provide certain preventive services for women without a co-pay or deductible. These Department of Health and Human Services rulesinclude annual physicals, testing for HIV and other STDs, domestic violence counseling, and birth control. Experts estimate that this new rule will lower the teen pregnancy rate by as much as 7%. Since 2006, 71.5 out of 1000 teenage girls were pregnant, and this remained somewhat constant.
As good as this may sound for teenage girls, there are still people fighting against it – like anything else. Much of the debate over the new requirements has focused on religious employers’objections to the birth control provision. Conservative groups have also opposed the birth control coverage rule, arguing that “it infringes on religious freedom.” Family Research Council spokesperson Jeanne Monahan says, “We think that the landscape of separation of church and state really changes tomorrow” with the start of the new requirements. She said the FRC was “profoundly disappointed” with the new rules. But still, she declined to comment on whether the changes would reduce teen pregnancy.
I believe that this will be very effective and help teenage girls stay away from pregnancy. Everyone knows that teenagers have sex, and they always will. Even the most religious teenagers have sex – but isn’t this against what religion says? I think people take religion way to literal sometimes, and it actually has a negative impact on society.
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