The pro-abortion organization NARAL has begun a campaign to have birth control placed under the preventative care umbrella of ObamaCare. If successful, there would no longer be copays required on birth control prescriptions. While NARAL glorifies what “no-cost” birth control would financially mean for women, Pro-Lifers are aware that there are many more complex issues involved. NARAL is potentially opening the door for taxpayer funding of not only contraceptives, but abortifacients.
NARAL’s Birth Control for Me, or BC4ME, campaign involves their website and several social media sites. A mass email alerted NARAL members that if the Obama administration classifies birth control under preventative care, then it would essentially become “no-cost” for millions of women. There are already several slogans associated with BC4ME, such as, “women no longer have to choose between birth control or their bills.”
The email then directs the reader to a new NARAL Facebook application that calculates how much money you-or your wife, partner, friend, sister, granddaughter, niece, etc.-could save with free birth control for life. This application asks for a current age and what type of birth control is being used. There is also a field for “the number of additional kids you’d like to have” for a more accurate estimation of lifetime savings. After receiving your savings amount, you are encouraged to sign NARAL’s electronic petition to let the Obama administration know you support “no-cost” birth control.
The application also invites users to share a picture of themselves and what they intend to do with their savings. The current photo shows a family shopping with the caption, “Buy groceries for you and your family for 6 to 12 months.” Users are also directed to the BC4ME website where they are again encouraged to sign the petition and can download the BC4ME graphic for use on all social media sites and personal web pages.
NARAL is reaching out to a younger, more liberal demographic with this interactive campaign. It utilizes the social media tools so prevalent among today’s youth, and encourages involvement in a way that teens will see as entertaining and engaging. Beneath this level of interactive fun are serious Pro-Life and legal concerns.
NARAL’s definition of birth control includes, “emergency contraception which can prevent pregnancy if used up to five days after sex.” At this point after conception, these drugs should be classified as abortifacients rather than birth control. These types of “birth control” pills are already becoming more popular in America and include the FDA approved Plan B and Ella. It also begs the question of what would be NARAL’s next addition to birth control. How long before they begin to push for the inclusion of abortion drugs such as RU 486 as “preventative” care? Although that might seem like a considerable jump, keep in mind that Ella is nearly chemically identical to RU 486, just in smaller doses.
There is also a legitimate legal concern involved if these medications are paid for through ObamaCare. Under this scenario, taxpayer money that supports ObamaCare could be used for abortifacients. This would go against current federal law that prohibits federal funding of abortions. The problem would be in the near impossible task of monitoring which taxpayer funds are used for abortifacients and which or used for other healthcare services across the nation.
Pro-Life activists need to organize and unite to fight NARAL’s latest attempt to further their anti-life agenda. This tech-savvy campaign conceals an agenda of increasing federal funding of abortifacients and mainstreaming anti-life choices among the country’s youth. Pro-Lifers must continue to spread the truth about NARAL and abortion, as well as educate the public on birth control as abortifacients.
LifeNews.com Note: Doug McGee writes for Texas Right to Life.