Copay-free contraception will save money. According to the Guttmacher Institute, "every $1 invested in public dollars for contraception saves $3.74 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise would have been needed to provide pregnancy-related care (prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care) for women’s unintended births, as well as one year of medical care for their infants." With the increasing cost of Medicare to America, fiscal conservatives should be jumping at an opportunity to lower the costs of the system they constantly bemoan as being in desperate need of an overhaul.
Copay-free contraception will save lives. At least according to the definition of life which matters to social conservatives. As I have written, nothing would do as much to lower the demand for abortions as easy access to contraceptives linked with honest sex education efforts. While there is some sick fixation on legislating what can be in a woman's uterus and when, we can more readily eliminate much of the need for abortions by just giving women the tools they need to be responsible about their reproductive health.
Copay-free contraception will make life easier for millions of women. Partisan hackery aside, let's focus on why this is really important. We all know strong, smart, sexually active women who deserve the right to have control over when they want to start a family, even and especially when it wouldn't be economically viable for them to do so on their own. The potential for complications from unprotected sexual encounters is significantly higher for women, and there's no good reason why random genetic chance should so heavily discriminate against individuals of one gender when it is possible to prevent it. Take some time out of your day to call your congressperson and let them know how important it is that the women in your life be given copay-free contraception through their insurance. The Institute of Marriage recommends it, reason endorses it, and to do the right thing demands it.