The Supreme Court has been busy, among the recent decisions they have made is in the case of Hobby Lobby. An over simplification of the issue at hand was that the owners of Hobby Lobby believe that certain types of birth control cause abortions and they didn’t want those included in their health insurance plans; due to long held religious beliefs. Beliefs that the Supreme Court agreed they could force upon their employees who may not share their religion. They also said that the government provided a work around solution for religious institutions that could be used. Since then the Supreme Court has clarified that all contraception falls under their decision and has in the days since granted a request by a college to block any enforcement against the school for refusal to comply with the contraceptive mandate.
There are many articles and comments out there about the decision, from gloom and doom to celebrations. In reading the articles and the comments one argument stood out among the sea of typical talking points:
- Erectile Dysfunction Drugs are for a medical purpose, outside of just allowing sex
- Erectile dysfunction drugs don’t cause abortions
When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction drugs their only stated purpose, and medical benefit is to allow men to have sex via helping with a poor libido (sex drive), ejaculation, and getting and maintaining an erection. There are several causes for Erectile Dysfunction including:
- Hardening of the Arteries
- Kidney Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Drug Abuse
- Too little exercise
- Being overweight
- Prostate Cancer
- Some medications including blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, and tranquilizers
- Cyclists who ride for several hours a week
In short Erectile Dysfunction drugs allow men of all ages, and lifestyles, to continue to have as much sex as they want.
Pregnancy is caused primarily by sexual intercourse. The number one cause of an abortion is a woman getting pregnant by a man. Therefore logic follows that Erectile Dysfunction drugs that allow a man to keep having sex; do in fact, cause abortions. So why aren’t companies with such deeply held religious beliefs demanding to remove them from insurance coverage?
Seriously, why do I; a woman, have to pay higher premiums for a man to be able to have as much recreational sex as he wants? It’s a lifestyle choice. The majority of the causes for erectile dysfunction are caused by lifestyle choices. There is also the fact that treatments for erectile dysfunction have been seen to cause prostate cancer. So now, I am not only paying higher premiums to cover the drugs I am paying to cover the cancer treatments caused by the drugs. All so a man can keep having as much sex as he wants.
There are non-medication alternatives to Erectile Dysfunction drugs including improvement to lifestyle, losing weight, and using a vacuum device to stimulate the penis into an erection prior to sex.
When it comes to birth control the primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy. However it also is used for other medical conditions:
- Treatment for Acne, Excess Hair, and Hair Loss
- Regulation of Menstrual Periods
- Treatment for Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Treatment for Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
- May help prevent Functional Ovarian Cysts
- Treatment for Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
- Treatment for Endometriosis (when the tissue lining the uterus grows outside the uterus)
- May be a treatment for Fibroid Tumors
- Can be used to treat Breast Pain associated with a menstrual cycle
- Treatment for PMS and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Also found to help with anemia
- In 2008 a study showed that birth control lowered the risk for ovarian cancer.
Birth Control does have a list of side effects including: nausea, acne, weight gain, moodiness, and in rare cases blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, gallstones, and conflicting studies link it to breast and cervical cancer.
Medical decisions should be between a patient, their doctor, and whatever religion that patient holds. A simple solution would be for the government to allow all women to go get birth control insurance coverage from the insurance companies directly; or from the government. As with all medication there should be a co-pay associated with getting the medication. It shouldn’t be singled out to be free.
Take employers completely out of the equation.