Must-See: Fascinating New Video Shows Why Contraceptive Coverage Is Crucial For Women [VIDEO]
3:05 pm, July 31st | by Amy Tennery
With the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act late last month — and our blissfully imminent access to affordable contraception, thanks to that ruling — what better time to reflect on why accessible birth control is important to women?
A new video from the Guttmacher Institute explains all the benefits that come from contraceptive use in the U.S. And while the video notes that contraception is a “virtually universal in the United States,” perhaps we need a quick refresher on just why it’s so crucial:
The typical American woman wants only two children. To achieve that goal, she will need to use contraception for about 30 years.
Some people say cost isn’t a problem because condoms are available in every drugstore. But, in reality, cost can be a major barrier to a woman’s choice of contraceptive method.
Even for a woman with health insurance, the pill can cost hundreds of dollars a year. And long-acting methods like the IUD and the implant—the most effective methods available—have even higher upfront costs.
Hundreds of dollars a year for 30 years? No, thank you. Watch the Guttmacher video for more fascinating stats: