My first contraceptive was an IUD. But if I worked for a religious organization/company that provided my health insurance there’s a good chance I’d have to pay the $500 to $1,000 an IUD costs myself because my employer-provided health insurance–for which I pay a premium–wouldn’t cover it.
That’s what a federal judge ruled last week when he granted a preliminary injunction filed by Christian publisher Tyndale House to exempt IUDs and emergency contraception (Plan B) for its employees (read: women). Why? Because, the company claims, they are forms of abortion (note: this blog is not a treatise on whether abortion is right or wrong).
So if I read the ruling right, it means that if I work for Tyndale, and I either can’t use or choose not to use hormone-based contraception, I have to fork up a substantial chunk of change for an IUD. And, for the record, an IUD is also prescribed for women with heavy menstrual bleeding–even those who don’t need contraception. Will the company also withhold coverage for this indication?
In addition, if I’m raped, or the condom broke, or I forgot a couple of pills, or my partner didn’t use a condom, or there was … Continue Reading