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The planet is speeding toward a population of 10 billion by the end of the century, a fact apparently lost (or maybe embraced?) by some. The right of contraceptive equity has long been fought for in the U.S, and yet many insurance carriers will still cover Viagra but not birth control, which is basic preventative medicine. Rep. Steve King of Iowa doesn't have a beef with this double standard. In fact, he's all for it. If insurance providers were required by the federal government to cover birth control, King says, the U.S. would become "a dying civilization." The Obama Administration announced today that it would soon begin to require insurance companies to do just that. We'll have to see if his prediction comes true. (I'm guessing no.)
Said King on the House floor Monday night:
"We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn't have to pay the full fare of that?
"And they've called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is, you've prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine."
"That's not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below the replacement rate we're a dying civilization."