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OH Rep Wants to Ban Insurance Coverage for Best Contraception

Proving once again that the real target of the anti-abortion folks is contraception and that their talk about the free market is bullshit, Ohio Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would prevent insurance companies from covering the most effective form of contraception.

The first hearing for House Bill 351, sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. John Becker, was held yesterday. At the hearing, Becker said insurance plans should be barred from covering IUDs because preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg—which IUDs could theoretically do, though they primarily work by preventing sperm from getting to that egg in the first place—could be considered abortion.

“This is just a personal view. I’m not a medical doctor,” he added.

Sound policy reasoning there, Rep! Becker also acknowledged the wording of the bill could be interpreted to ban coverage of birth control pills, too, but he hadn’t intended it that way. He’s not a medical doctor, remember, just someone trying to play one with the weight of the state behind him.

Under H.B. 351, all insurance plans in Ohio would be barred from offering abortion coverage. This isn’t a ban on “taxpayer funded abortions” we’re talking about—it’s an explicit restriction on the kinds of legal services that private insurance companies (and by extension, employers who offer health plans) can offer. Conservatives decry this sort of thing vociferously when it’s Obama making every insurance company and employer cover certain services.

In addition to the abortion coverage ban, H.B. 351 would prohibit public employee insurance plans and Medicaid from covering IUDs, one of the safest, most effective, most cost-effective, and longest-lasting form of contraception.

They love the free market and hate government interference with corporate decisions…except when they don’t. They demand smaller government…except when they don’t. And any claim that their goal is to reduce abortions is nonsense. If they wanted to reduce abortions, they wouldn’t be trying to limit access to the most effective forms of contraception.

Comments

  1. iknklast says

    Small government arguments really just boil down to not wanting to pay taxes. It sells with voters. But if increasing the size of government to prohibit something that “moral” voters don’t like, well, that’s good too. It’s all about votes. Yes, I’m cynical. I have a lot of reason to be.

  2. iknklast says

    Oh, to be totally honest – small government is also about not telling business what to do, even when it harms human health or the environment; or not putting any common sense regulations on guns. Telling people what they can do in their bedroom? Totally the role of government!

  3. busterggi says

    I swear that Christians really worship Janus as they constantly talk in two contradictory directions at once.

  4. raven says

    “This is just a personal view. I’m not a medical doctor,” he added.

    Why should the state of Ohio enact his personal views into law?

    I don’t much care for fundie xians in general or Cincinnati Republican Rep. John Becker in particular but have no desire to pass laws about it or against them.

    This is just silly.

    1. Contraceptive use is all but universal. Almost all of these fundie leaders have small families. Steve Green the Hobby Lobby toad has 3, Dobson the Focus toad has one biological, and so on. They don’t want to breed like rabbits. They have better uses for their time and money. They want their clueless followers to do it instead.

    2. Birth control saves the government money. Every one dollar spent on BC saves the state 3 to 6 dollars in welfare costs down the road.

    It also saves people from having hard lives. Teenage pregnancy is highly correlated with lifelong poverty. And for children, many of them growing up in poverty will never escape it.

  5. moarscienceplz says

    Proving once again that the real target of the anti-abortion folks is contraception sex for pleasure

    FIFY

  6. Synfandel says

    The most effective form of contraception is ten minutes at a Chuck E Cheese’s.

  7. JustaTech says

    Oh for crying out loud. Conservatives/fundies should *love* IUDs. For a lot of women having one inserted (or removed) is pretty painful. Yay suffering for sex! And in general IUDs are only recommended for women in stable relationships where everyone has tested clean, because (not to be too gross) the string on an IUD can be a pathway to uterine infections. So yay no sleeping around!

    In general IUDs are used by married women who aren’t having kids *right now*.

    Once again, it isn’t about abortion, or contraception, or even religion. It’s about keeping women down.

  8. wscott says

    @ moarscienceplz: Exactly. It’s amazing how much of the right’s political “philosophy” ultimate boils down to “sex is ickydirtysinful.”

  9. John Pieret says

    Under H.B. 351, all insurance plans in Ohio would be barred from offering abortion coverage.

    Perhaps Rep. Becker should study the Constitution of the United States … you know, that thing he swore to uphold and protect?

    There’s a little thing called the Supremacy Clause (Art. 6, clause 2) that reads:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

    If the ACA requires insurance company and employers to provide contraceptive coverage, no seenkin state law can stop them.

  10. pocketnerd says

    No, no, you don’t get it. Republicans are sincere when they say they want Small Government — they want government so small it only affects us Little People. Billionaires and corporations are Big People, so they can just step over or around it.

  11. pocketnerd says

    Proving once again that the real target of the anti-abortion folks is contraception sex for pleasure but only when women do it.

    Fixed that fix for you.

  12. leni says

    For a lot of women having one inserted (or removed) is pretty painful. Yay suffering for sex!

    Mine continued to cause me pain during sex for another 6 months, double yay!

    But that stopped on it’s own and now I barely menstruate, bwahahaha >:D I am not married, I have no children, and I don’t menstruate. I only have to clean up after myself, which I do grudgingly and joylessly. Sounds to me like I have successfully abrogated my responsibility to bear the curse of womankind in poverty and silent misery. Up yours, god!

  13. says

    leni “Mine continued to cause me pain during sex for another 6 months, double yay “
    Mine, too. Lesson learned: never go to a gynechologist who works out of a van. Or one who spells it ‘gynechologist”. Or one who can’t tell I’m a man. It turned out to be a dry eraser marker.

  14. John Pieret says

    Akira MacKenzie @ 15:

    Modus isn’t strange, he’s just “differently saned.”

  15. D. C. Sessions says

    Modus, I agree that the world has gone mad and that people should look at you as evidence.

    Two out of three ain’t bad, Meatloaf.

  16. says

    “swear that Christians really worship Janus as they constantly talk in two contradictory directions at once.”

    The “J” is silent?

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