Big Surprise: Sandra Fluke Lied

I know, I know, this is old news, but let me ramble.

I recently tangled with an idiot over whether or not Sandra Fluke wanted her college (or the American people) to pay for her sex life (and the sex life of every other woman on the campus). Their argument, as is typical, is that Fluke wasn’t making an argument about needing birth control for sexual reasons, she wanted the school to provide it for medical reasons. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarioan Syndrome) being the most popular of these medical reason for liberals (and Fluke herself) to bring up. She claimed that students who had PCOS, or other medical needs the necessitated using birth control, could not get the birth control they needed because of Georgetown’s insurance policies.

This was, of course, a load of horse manure and 1o seconds on a google could prove it. So it always struck me as odd that so many people spent time debating Fluke’s demands based on the morality of them or the 1st amendment issues. Yes, the 1st amendment is hugely important, but common sense is important too, which is why smacking Fluke in the face with the actual Georgetown student insurance policy (specifically the FAQ section of it) several times would have been more useful.

Q. Are medications to prevent pregnancy covered when prescribed for treatment of a covered sickness?

A. Yes, your health care provider can document the medical necessity and a medical override for non-contraceptive reasons may allow for insurance coverage. To purchase such medications with your Pharmacy Card, ask providers outside of the GU Student Health Center (SHC) to complete the Medication Override Form and fax it to Gallagher Koster Insurance Agency, 617-479-0860. Note: The SHC will submit the Medication Override for you.

Georgetown Premier Plan Frequently Asked Questions

So Fluke was either wildly uneducated about the facts of her own Universities insurance plan (not a stretch to believe that) or she was outright lying and hoping no one would notice (also quite probable) and she actually DID want the University to pay for her to have sex, which (someone is going to be offended by this) doesn’t actually make her a slut (sorry Rush, I disagree with you there) but more a really cheap whore, since birth control doesn’t actually cost that much.

So really Fluke was freaking out about a complete non-issue.

“But what about other religious colleges?” I hear you asking.

Yes, what about them.

Here’s a list of the top Catholic Universities in the country (probably the most likely to ban birth control).

Boston College does cover birth control in their student insurance plan.

College of the Holy Cross does not cover elective needs, of which Birth Control is normally one, unless of course it is medically necessary, same as Georgetown:  “Elective Surgery and Elective Treatment do not include any procedures deemed a Medical Necessity”.  (via PDF of 2011-2012 Insurance coverage at CHC)

Creighton University has a far more confusing insurance plan, but it appears that while contraceptives are normally not covered, they are covered when medically necessary and prescribed by a doctor.

Fordham university does not provide free birth control, but any student (regardless of medical necessity) can go off campus and get a prescription, covered by the school’s insurance plan. There is, of course, a deductible, but that’s life.

Gonzaga university only has limited accident/injury coverage for students, instead they have a campus health center where birth control is not prescribed if it is being used for preventing pregnancy. Though the site does not specify, the wording indicates that birth control for medically necessary issues IS prescribed.

Loyola University of Chicago does prescribe contraceptives for medically necessary issues.

and on and on and on, the majority of Catholic Universities already provide coverage of contraceptives for the purposes of people suffering from medical issues like PCOS. So you want your Catholic school to pay for your sex life, stop lying about what you want.

So sorry, you should have known the score when you chose a Catholic school. If you need contraceptives, then shell out the $10 for a box of condoms or the $20 or so a month for the pill. It’s not my job to pay for your sex life nor is it your school’s job.

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6 Comments

  1. I will agree that choosing a Catholic school and then being surprised by their restrictions is stupid. As a pagan, I wouldn’t even consider a religiously-affiliated school. Why? So I can complain when my Christian faculty refuses to sponsor a pagan study group? It’s so ridiculous!

    However, one argument for birth control, if I may… A girl who gets knocked up in high school is more likely to drop out than her peers. In college, this remains true; the only change is the level of coursework and focus required of the student. Here in my part of Texas, it’s still traditional to try to get married young… but then college is also pushed. It leaves girls getting married right out of high school (myself included, and divorced by 21), and then trying to attend college full-time while being a new wife. Add in pregnancy, and they often give up on education or drop to part-time enrollment, leading to a lower likelihood of completing their degrees. Then they make less money… and need food stamps and Medicaid to get by.

    Some girls on birth control might want it to avoid getting pregnant while they party, but many of us just want to avoid accidental pregnancies while we’re working on getting our lives settled, finding decent-paying jobs, and getting educated. I’ve been in a committed relationship for years, but I have no desire to marry; however, I’m not screwing around. I use birth control to avoid pregnancy right now, because our monthly income just covers our rent, bills, and food; I don’t want to be forced to apply for Welfare due to a baby I can’t afford, nor do I want to visit the local food banks. I like my independence from governmental assistance (a conservative value, I believe?), and birth control (a liberal talking point) keeps me that way.

    • A.) If you are in college you should be responsible enough to think before you act and not have sex all willy-nilly.

      B.) Birth. Control. Is. Not. Expensive. A box of condoms costs $10 bucks, tops. Generic birth control pills cost about $30 or so a month. That’s about 6 grande non-fat lattes at Starbucks a month. So really if you are having sex and don’t want to get pregnant and you are, supposedly, a responsible adult that is trying to get their life settled, buying your own contraceptives should not be an issue.

      C.) You know what could also prevent you from having a baby if you can’t afford birth control? Not having sex. It’s surprising how foreign a concept that seems to be to liberals. (yes, you can classify this as venom from me, because this just pisses me off). This is not an episode of Star Trek. You aren’t in Pon Farr, where your options are ‘fuck or die’ and you are trying to convince me that you are a responsible adult, that includes making some decisions that might inconvenience your libido in order to be responsible.

      D.) You want independence from government assistance? That’s great. Stop asking me to pay for your birth control then.

      • Instead of commenting per each point, I’ll just say this: I believe that MY insurance, paid for from MY paycheck each month and provided by MY (non-religious) employer, should cover whatever medical decisions I make. My product, my use?

        Right now, I actually just got birth control pills again to regulate my cycle and conform it to a once-every-three-months pattern; this is purely for personal comfort and convenience, and isn’t even to prevent pregnancy (that’s a side benefit I actually don’t need). Is this a medical reason to use the pill? Not really, at least not in a medically-diagnosed way. But my insurance covers my comforts, just as they cover Viagra for men. Balance?

        • If it is your insurance then I have no issue with that. Your insurance chooses to cover birth control, that’s between you and your insurance company. Did I say anything in the post you were commenting on that would lead you to believe that I felt otherwise?

          No where in the post did I express disapproval toward birth control or how you and your insurance company choose to deal with it. It’s a matter of forcing private institutions to cover it, a matter of lies, and a matter of making me pay for it (i.e. Obamacare mandate) that I have an issue with.

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