Thursday, September 14, 2006

Good for Chile!

Chile has just passed a law that will allow any female over the age of 14 to attain the contraception of her choice.......get this.......for free!

Any woman over 14 can now ask a physician for a prescription for birth control without the permission of her parents, and the contraceptives, including the morning after pill, will be provided free by the public health care system.

Of course their are some individual organizations who are completely against this for a couple of reasons and those reasons interestingly are quite similar to those arguments that pervade the American debate. Would the difference between Chile and America have anything to do with the female president now in power?

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Feminist Mom said...

That's fantastic! Too bad we don't have that for the U.S.

MaMa-Feminista said...

Tell me about it! The fight for the morning after pill is still raging here much less offer it free. I read somewhere that if Medicaid provided coverage for birth control it would eradicate 500,000 unplanned pregnancys and 300,000 abortions. It would also save each state 1.5 billion dollars in prenatal care. Alas, here in SC, you can't get your birth control paid for but the state will pay prenatal and hospital expenses through medicaid.