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house Bill H.R. 742

Should Free Birth Control Be Part Of The DOD's Health Care Plan?

Argument in favor

Women play a critical role in the U.S. military, and offering them access to free birth control without a co-pay gives them one less thing to worry about. Plus it brings the DOD up to ACA standards.

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02/24/2015
A great man once said "Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." I for one refuse to exert my power as a privileged caucasian man to oppress our nation's women. I stand by empowering women to make their own decisions. History proves that women have a much better track record in decision making when compared with men.
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Molly's Opinion
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03/05/2015
Some women (like me) have health conditions that require birth control; it's a financial hardship when we have to finance medical conditions beyond our control.
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Cara's Opinion
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03/05/2015
Women use BC for other things than not getting pregnant. All this sniffy hyperbole about "personal choice" is just code for sexism.
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Argument opposed

Birth control is available over-the-counter whether you’re in the military or a private citizen. It is a matter of personal responsibility and choice that shouldn’t be funded by taxpayers.

tjpaulfrederick's Opinion
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04/13/2015
NOTHING should be free. NOTHING can be free. EVERYTHING does have a value. The way the federal government will make it "free" is by taking money out of our pay checks. What is an outrage is that MEN, who obviously don't use birth control, will have to pay through their taxes for the women who are too poor to pay for it themselves or who are too stupid to know what could happen from having sex.
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Wendell's Opinion
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03/18/2015
Birth control is a private matter, and should be determined and provided by the couple (husband and wife). what has the DOD got to do with it anyway? Isn't this just a way of getting us ( US tax payers) to pay for a person's abortion, as if it is birth control after the fact?
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Jeff's Opinion
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10/23/2015
Not only no, but he'll no. Birth control is not a "right". Buy it yourself.
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    A great man once said "Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power." I for one refuse to exert my power as a privileged caucasian man to oppress our nation's women. I stand by empowering women to make their own decisions. History proves that women have a much better track record in decision making when compared with men.
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    NOTHING should be free. NOTHING can be free. EVERYTHING does have a value. The way the federal government will make it "free" is by taking money out of our pay checks. What is an outrage is that MEN, who obviously don't use birth control, will have to pay through their taxes for the women who are too poor to pay for it themselves or who are too stupid to know what could happen from having sex.
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    Some women (like me) have health conditions that require birth control; it's a financial hardship when we have to finance medical conditions beyond our control.
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    Birth control is a private matter, and should be determined and provided by the couple (husband and wife). what has the DOD got to do with it anyway? Isn't this just a way of getting us ( US tax payers) to pay for a person's abortion, as if it is birth control after the fact?
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    Women use BC for other things than not getting pregnant. All this sniffy hyperbole about "personal choice" is just code for sexism.
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    Not only no, but he'll no. Birth control is not a "right". Buy it yourself.
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    Better family planning leads to equality in gender. That's what America is about-free and equal.
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    The issue of birth control is a religious one, and those who believe it to be wrong and not in accordance with natural procreation should be allowed to decide for themselves.
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    Birth control is used for other things besides pregnancy prevention. It is a costly medication that is neccessary in some cases. Having it provided to our female troops would give them one less thing to worry about. I think it should also be given to the public as well. At least to those on welfare to prevent more people coming into this world that need government support via taxpayer dollars.
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    1. Yes, for military personnel. 2. No, for anybody else. 3. No government b.c. for anybody who is not on welfare. For welfare recipients, b.c. should be mandatory!
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    The world is now setup by the freebee system, while those of us whom work hard have to pay the bill.
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    Not all can afford to buy the birth control like young women who may not be working and teens. Being able to keep control of when they have kids would help many Women and their kids stay out of the poor house and to have a better future.
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    My view is Yea. Personally, the Military tries to skimp on our military service men and women. Big business- and the Military is big business- uses health coverage as a bonus to entice future employees. So why not the Military? Birth control medication is relative inexpensive for Planned Parenthood patients. And having to switch pregnant personal to special duty or off duty will affect all aspects of assigned duty.
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    Women need to have the ability to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy. Birth Control is not abortion. It is preventative healthcare and to deny women access is discriminatory.
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    In order to provide healthcare to those mothers with difficult decisions we need to make the options available. I do not support abortion but I want these mothers or would be mothers to have options that does not involve abortion.
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    It's a health benefit which should be offered to all woman who need it and without any cost. Those who don't want to use should remain free not to. As far as your tax money and what it should pay and should not pay for it's a separate issue.
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    This bill offers important services and education for military personnel regarding family planning and managing pregnancy
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    Don't make taxpayers pay for a personal choice issue.
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    Yes absolutely, why shouldn't it be covered? Because birth control should be a private matter? Religion should be a private matter but all of us still have to pay for churches and other religious institutions so they don't have to be taxed even if we don't follow a faith.
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    How is allowing and opening contraception availability to working women not a key issue in any healthcare plan? These women, serving in the military, may opt to wait on having children and if so - they deserve to have that option made available to them in their healthcare plan.
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