KILL THE BILL OR GIVE THE PILL?
Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act
Kill the Bill or Give the Pill? Are there limits on whom to love and who not? The unanticipated momentum of love evolves swiftly, and at times, at a slow apace. Is there a rule of sexuality, does it have a definition, and if so, what would be your definition? If nothing else, can falling head over heels be proscribed? Sometimes the fin of intimacy knows no emotive boundaries and cannot be sponged, confined, or authored by obstacles of a French letter.
It would incentivize contraceptive manufacturers to file an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a prescription-to-over-the-counter switch (Rx-to-OTC switch) in two ways:
- Contraceptive Rx-to-OTC switch applications would be allowed to proceed under priority review by the FDA.
- Filing fees normally required by the FDA would be waived for contraceptive Rx-to-OTC switch applications.
- Consumers of contraceptives would be able to use funds from health savings accounts (HSAs), medical savings accounts (MSAs), and flexible savings accounts (FSAs) in order to purchase OTC drugs without a prescription.
- This would be accomplished by repealing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) prohibition on using funds from such accounts to buy OTC drugs without a prescription.
The ACA’s annual limits on FSA contributions would also be repealed, so consumers could save as much money in their FSAs as they’d like to then spend on contraceptives.
“…Heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism can result and devastate…”
Current law requires contraceptives be provided only with a doctor’s prescription, but with the ratification of this legislation, the routine use and proven safe contraceptives can be purchased over-the-counter by those 18 years of age or older without stepping foot in a doctor’s office.
It’s a bill that promises to increase women’s access to safe and effective contraceptives; but, some are unconvinced. It is suggested that the bill will disempower and prevent women from making their own health care decisions. Others believe the bill will give women the “purchasing power” to make logical and practical decisions when it comes to their bodies.
Is it a premeditated maneuver on the unprepared woman who relinquishes her guardianship role of the “unplanned” embryo? Some human rights activists believe so. The measure of this bill is difficult to distinguish and has created a political firestorm.
The president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund expressed opposition, calling the proposal a “sham” that would “actually restrict women’s choices and cost women more money.” The New Hampshire Democratic Party concurred with that sentiment, saying Sen. Ayotte’s legislation would “force women to pay hundreds of dollars more out of pocket for birth control that is now free thanks to the Affordable Care Act.”
Chasing Abortion Rights Across the State Line
by Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
Definitively, with the respect for humanity, her rights and her dignity, we know—it is infinitely a delicate matter to question the extent of these rights and freedoms when they are exercised by the individual upon her own person, upon that which is most precious and personal: her body.
Accordingly, Democrats are concerned precisely with the woman’s right over her body: namely, the right of the individual to do with her body as she sees fit, respecting her life and her right to give or annul her pregnancy; buttressing that with affordable health care.
Most contraceptive pills contain estrogen or progesterone; both have contributed to huge health risk. “…Heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism can result and devastate…” a woman’s life, says a progressive. Sen. Ayotte’s legislation just may not be the answer if it clearly will not correspond to a woman’s medical necessity. This piece of legislation could be wrong for all women, if presumably, it lacks the support of the Affordable Care Act to protect her life and health through sound diagnosis, treatment and prevention. “Women are better safe than dead.”