I frequently hear people saying things to the extent of, “I don’t want to pay for other people’s sex lives!” This argument is used to oppose policies mandating that birth control must be free (or nearly free.) It is also a bit short sighted because it not only ignores the positive public health implications accessible birth control provides, but it also misses one other factor: it will save taxpayer money!
The fewer people with unwanted pregnancies means fewer people needing government services. One study found that for every $1 the government spends on family planning services, $7 is saved. Not a bad investment.
Colorado experimented with this by providing access to long-acting birth control. There was a 40% drop in unintended pregnancies, and a 42% drop in the abortion rate. These public policies work.
Providing access to birth control saves taxpayer money and lowers the abortion rate. Remind me again why conservatives don’t like this?