The Obama Administration's Rules for Raising Your Teenage Daughter
I'm amazed this hasn't gotten more attention yet, but here's my attempt to explain why you should be bothered by the Obama administration's contraception mandate even if you don't have a problem with contraception generally.
The conversation thus far has focused on the employees and students who would receive services under the law. The text of the HHS rule, however, extends far beyond them. It requires coverage, with no co-pay charge, of all Food and Drug Administration-approved "contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures . . . for all women with reproductive capacity."
That includes all female minors who are covered under employer-provided family insurance plans. That means Obama's contraceptive mandate extends to all American daughters covered by an insurer.
Currently, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia allow all children twelve and older access to contraceptives without any parental consent or notification. Connecticut and Maine let minors get an abortion without parental consent or a court's permission. States such as Oregon allow sterilization—yes, without parental consent or notification—as young as age fifteen...
Supporters of the administration's policy argue this is a good thing. The Guttmacher Institute, a strong promoter of abortion and contraception, said in a September briefing, "many minors will not avail themselves of important services if they are forced to involve their parents."
Whether you think your teenage daughter getting contraception is a good thing or not, as I noted the other day, this coverage doesn't just extend to the pill, but to all FDA approved forms of contraception, such as implants and IUDs. I suspect most parents would want to know about any and all of this. But the policy was designed specifically with the aim of removing them from the process.