Monday, June 23, 2008
House Drops Birth Control Price Fix
This week, the House made the unfortunate decision to drop a provision restoring affordable birth control from the War Spending Bill. The provision, which was passed in the Senate, would have made affordable birth control available again at family planning clinics and university health centers. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2007, which was discussed in a previous post, caused the cost of birth control to increase from $5 to $10 per month to as much as $40 or $50 per month for low-income women and college students. Despite the hard work of Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the provision was dropped as part of a compromise with the White House. It seems that there’s enough money in our budget to fund the war, but not enough to ensure affordable birth control for women’s reproductive health. While I understand that this is a complicated way to solve a simple problem, I can’t help being disappointed with the outcome.