Well this is fantastic. Prices of oral contraceptives are doubling and tripling on college campuses. While $30-45 might not sound ridiculously expensive — after all, you are preventing pregnancy — that’s a lot of money for a student living on a tight budget, especially if they’re used to only paying $10 or $15. My birth control is currently free and will hopefully stay that way since it isn’t an oral contraceptive, but I drop between $50 and $100 a month on other health-care-related expenses — jack that up to almost $150 and I would seriously consider going off if it. Some people are apparently arguing that if you want it bad enough you’ll shell out, but that’s just not an option for students who are living off of loans, who have no source of outside income, and who may have other expenses like children. If “pro-life” Republicans were actually concerned about keeping the abortion rate down, you’d think that they wouldn’t pass legislation that would make it harder for college women to prevent unwanted pregnancy. But as we’ve established time and again, preventing unintended pregnancy and abortion is the last thing on the “pro-life” agenda.
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