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.
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.