Mitt Romney Wants to Take Away Your Birth Control
Mitt Romney is completely out of the mainstream when it comes to women’s health — consistently supporting policies that would deny access to birth control for women.
The fact that virtually all women (99 percent of sexually active American women) have used birth control at some point in their lives hasn’t stopped Romney from taking unpopular positions designed to restrict access to basic, essential health care.
Last week, only days before the new birth control benefit was set to take effect on August 1, a federal judge temporarily blocked the implementation for employees of a private company in Colorado. Never missing an opportunity to play politics with women’s health, Romney cheered the news, calling the decision “a step in the right direction,” but “not the end of the struggle.”
What Romney considers an “important victory” is a dangerous measure for women. Not only does it allow your boss to cherry-pick what is and isn’t covered on your health insurance plan, it places a burden on women who struggle to afford the cost of birth control. According to polling, 34 percent of women voters have struggled with the cost and as a result, have used it inconsistently. It’s a women’s health issue as much as an economic issue and Romney simply doesn’t get it. He may think he’s an astute businessman, but his policies would actually hurt women in the pocketbook.
He’s jeopardizing women’s access to consistent preventive health care, and he’s making bad economic decisions. After all, every dollar invested in family planning saves the country nearly $4. It’s good economics.
No wonder the more women learn about his positions, the less likely they are to support him.