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Most U. S. citizens support mandated coverage of birth control

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments from crafts store chain Hobby Lobby about the Affordable Healthcare Act's contraceptive mandate and how it violates the religious freedom of the company and its owners.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments from crafts store chain Hobby Lobby about the Affordable Healthcare Act's contraceptive mandate and how it violates the religious freedom of the company and its owners.
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A new study found that 69 percent of adults in the United States support the coverage of birth control medications and devices as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The research was conducted by Dr. Michelle Moniz from the University of Michigan Medical School and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and colleagues. The study was published in the April 22, 2014, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study included a representative sample of individuals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. No questions about political or religious affiliations were included in the survey. The survey included the general public’s affirmation of disapproval of the majority of the new mandated insurance coverage that are new as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The groups that most favored mandated birth control coverage were women, blacks, Hispanics, and people with children under the age of 18. Men, people over 60 years of age, and people who had no children were less likely to support mandated birth control coverage. Ten percent of the respondents supported all mandated coverage except birth control. People who paid for private health insurance supported birth control coverage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 1,700 women between the ages of 15 and 17 have a baby every week. The majority of those women do not use birth control other than condoms. The largest number of teen births occurred in Hispanic women. Blacks had the second highest teen birth rate. Asians had the lowest number of births in teen women.

It is understandable that people who have no financial incentive to support birth control would not favor mandated birth control. For those people forced by their government to support the children that are born due to lack of birth control, the financial burden means those paying for other people’s children cannot afford to provide for their own children adequately. The courts at present are considering mandated birth control.

According to this new survey the majority of citizens in the United States that foot the bill for the product of the lack of birth control support a more reasonable financial measure in supplying birth control than supporting unwanted children. Birth control costs much less than supporting a child until they are 25 years of age. Many charities that benefit from the lack of birth control may be lobbying Congress to prevent mandated birth control from being accepted.