Obama Birth Control Decision Labels Pregnancy a Disease

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Aug 5, 2011   |   11:42AM   |   Washington, DC

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has decided to re-define women’s health care yet again by mandating that by January 1, 2013, insurance providers give women a range of new “preventative services” free, no co-pay or deductible.

These “preventative services” will include birth control – all FDA-approved birth control, including proven abortion-causing drugs like ella and Plan B.

That’s right – the Obama administration has just labeled pregnancy as a disease.

According to a Consensus Report released by the IOM on July 19, “The IOM defines preventative health services as measures – including medications, procedures, devices, tests, education and counseling – shown to improve well-being, and/or decrease the likelihood or delay the onset of a targeted disease or condition.” Under these conditions, insured women will have access to free birth control because pregnancy has been redefined as a “targeted disease.”

Am I the only one who thinks government-mandated health care telling me that my children are “targeted diseases” is utterly revolting?

Further, I find it alarming that the U.S. government will now mandate employers like myself, all except churches, to pay for and cover abortion and cancer-causing drugs like the birth control pill.

U.S. taxpayers will be funding abortion: plain and simple.

Why is it that the President Obama and Secretary Sebelius want women to have free access to abortion and cancer-causing birth control to fight the “disease” of pregnancy, yet medication that literally keeps my 2 1/2 year old son Gunner, who has cystic fibrosis, from dying costs my husband and I hundreds every month?

Labeling harmful birth control chemicals as “health care” is ridiculous. The pro-abortion ideology and agenda of the Obama administration has gone from invasive and costly to completely out of control.