Tamarra Kemsley for The Salt Lake Tribune reports that “Starting in February, birth control will be covered under health insurance for employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a decision many are celebrating as both a grassroots victory and one that brings the financial policy more in line with the faith’s teachings on family planning. After all, the Utah-based faith, while encouraging husbands and wives ‘who are able to bear children’ to do so, nonetheless leaves birth control decisions up to couples.”
Read the full article here.
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Super happy to see this. It shows grass roots efforts really making a difference. At the same time, that quote really should read “…some birth control decisions up to couples.” Not covering surgical sterilization except in certain cases, one of which being “if the mother has already had five pregnancies or live births,” is still another example of needing to control the bodies of people with a uterus. It’s exhausting and in this case, confusing- why the arbitrary number of 5?
Finally, women can be treated like adults and make healthcare choices on their own without their employer acting like a parent.