The former Arkansas governor said Democrats tell women “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
* Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
* Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
* More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
* Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.
* When asked the question “Has there ever been a time in your life when the cost of prescription birth control made it difficult for you to consistently use it?”: 34% of women surveyed replied “Yes” (and that percentage is even higher in young and poor women).
So yeah. You can say all you want that women don’t need help managing their reproductive health costs. The facts, however, negate that particular claim.
And let’s also not forget that abortion- you know, that thing that’s prevented by birth control and Mike Huckabee purportedly would like to stop- is increasingly concentrated amongst the poor (forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level and twenty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes between 100–199% of the federal poverty level) and that unplanned and unwanted children keep them poor. So much for caring about income inequality and poverty, eh?
Or hell, even without empathy and compassion and general realism about sex (i.e. wanting to have non-procreative sex does not mean you cannot control your libido!), it’s still more economically prudent to fund birth control- every dollar spent on family planning saves nearly four dollars down the road.
(Also worth mentioning: many women- myself included- use hormonal birth control for non-contraceptive purposes. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome; if I don’t take birth control, I suffer from amenorrhea (lack of menses). No birth control = no menstruation for me. 14% of pill users- more than 1.5 million women- rely on the method for only noncontraceptive purposes, and more than half of pill users, 58%, rely on the method at least in part for purposes other than pregnancy prevention).
I’m still disgusted that I ever had a vague liking for Mike Huckabee.
It’s only real help when it’s going to rich, white men and corporations. For everyone else, it’s insulting and enabling “bad behavior.”