So, as most everyone has heard, Hobby Lobby has won their case to deny free contraceptives to their employees. Now, I don’t really have an opinion on contraceptives, especially since I have my own form of birth control (no tubes=no surprises). What I do have an opinion about is this:
Why is the ability to have free contraception a right, but to have even some type of coverage for reproductive assistance not a right? Let’s think about this for a second. I, a woman of childbearing age, wants desperately to have a child. My inability to have said child is by no fault of my own. So, I have to get medical assistance to achieve the quality of life I feel I need. I even have a diagnosis, which, according to WHO in November 2009, is an actual disease. So, because I have a disease, shouldn’t I have the ability to receive care?
On the flip side, as a woman of child bearing age, had I not had fertility issues, and had I chosen not to procreate, then, at no cost above my premiums, I can make sure that never happens. I can choose to not become pregnant. Unfortunately, I can’t choose to become pregnant unless I pay for it myself.
So, while scanning my Facebook newsfeed, I stumbled upon a photo shared by a friend that was originally posted by the Center for Reproductive Rights. The photo states, “This fight isn’t over. Contraception is MY business.” Huh, I thought. If they are fighting for women’s rights to get free contraceptive, then maybe they’re also fighting for us to get free fertility assistance. So, off I went to their website, hoping to find something encouraging.
When I got there, I saw right away the link, “Our Issues”. Ah, this HAS to be where I would be able to find out what they’re working on. *Click*. Sigh. Nope, nothing about trying to MAKE a baby, only issues on trying to STOP or GET RID of a baby. Again, assisted reproduction seems to have been forgotten.
I went back to their Facebook, and decided to send a message to the organization. I haven’t received an answer back (it’s only been less than half an hour), but I’ll update this post when I do. Here’s the message in it’s entirety:
Hello. I saw your post about Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court win and, it made me wonder, what is your organization doing about the fact that 1 in 8 couples are struggling with infertility, and WHO has determined infertility a disease, yet, insurance companies still fail to cover treatment? Especially since the Affordable Care Act came into play, the 15 states who had mandates for fertility coverage has decreased at least by 1, since Arkansas chose to use a plan model that did not follow their own state mandate. I’m just concerned that, when people discuss reproductive rights, they forget that it should also be a right to choose to get pregnant, not just choose to not be pregnant.