Teva Women’s Health recently announced some of the topics of the abstracts that will be presented at the 60th Annual clinical Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Included among the many subjects that will be discussed is the ability of adolescents to understand the concepts necessary to safely and effectively use over-the-counter emergency contraceptives. Contraception and family planning are important issues that are being raised in the political sphere these days as it relates to whether health insurance providers can deny paying for certain forms of birth control for women on moral or religious grounds.
There has long been debate on the kinds of birth control that should be available to women in a certain age bracket. This latest issue as to whether health insurance providers should have to pay for birth control or not is likely to remain an important topic on the political agenda with women voter now officially outnumbering male voters. Each candidate needs women voters to come out and vote, so each candidate will likely try to spend this issue to play to the concerns of the women voters who are most likely to vote for each candidate.
The debate here is less about science and more about what decisions the government has a right to dictate to the public. Many feel that the issue at stake here has more to do with religious freedom, while other feel that the bigger issue at stake is a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. As both candidates shape their viewpoint on the issue throughout the campaign it will be interesting to see how it all plays out in November.
A debate is currently raging in the Colorado Senate over whether insurance plans should be allowed to deny women birth control on religious and moral grounds. During the debate tempers began to flare, and the strong feelings that this particular topic has brought to the fore are likely a precursor of an issue that is likely to be a hot topic for the duration of the presidential election campaign. This issue has served as a call to action for many women voters, both Republican and Democrat. During the debate Democrats unfurled a banner that listed the many instances where birth control would be denied if the bill was passed.
Many Democrats claim that the Amendment is a war on women. This kind of rhetoric has been used to fuel political debate over the issue. A Democratic female member of the Senate pointed out that to women this is more than just a policy issue, it is a personal issue about what a woman ha a right to do with her body. A Republican member of the Senate, also a woman, said that the issue boils down to the right of religious freedom and that the issue has been twisted by politicians to come across as a war against women.
While tempers flared in Colorado the issue of birth control and how it relates to the recent health care reforms that have been made will likely be a debate that rages on throughout the presidential elections. With both candidates trying to court women voters, it is important that the candidates carefully craft their responses on this sensitive issue in order to reach their constituents and get their votes.
The battle over whether women should have to pay for birth control or if it should be covered by health care insurance continues to rage on. These issues will likely remain a hot-button topic right up to the presidential elections in November. The problem is that many women feel like the debate over birth control is being treated more like a sideshow and less like a relevant and serious policy issue. Since women voters now outnumber male voters, winning the vote from women has become a big concern for political candidates. The issue is that women voters are not an actual voting block that votes a certain way.
Many women feel that to have issues related to women taking more seriously in the political arena there is a need to have more women in the highest political offices. This means more women in the Senate and the Congress. Statistics have shown that over recent years when women have failed to gain any seats in congress it has correlated with an inability to make any gains in closing the wage gap between men and women.
Some women feel that to a lesser degree this is what is going to continue to take place with the birth control issue. Since the birth control issues is tied up with the larger issue of health care reform it is sure to stay in the public eye right up until the elections in November, but whether the issue will be given the serious consideration that is deserves as a matter of policy remains to be seen. How the political candidates address this issue may determine how many women vote in the November elections.