Contraception & Economics
Despite the fact that we live in 2012 access to birth control has become a major topic of discussion for this election cycle. The Huffington Post has an interesting article addressing the importance of birth control to moms (and not just wanton teenage girls, as some would lead you to believe). Below are a few highlights I thought of worth to note:
"In the U.S. today, studies show that 99% of women and 98% of Catholic women have used birth control at some point in their lives. And the average U.S. family has fewer than two children."
"And, here's the elephant in the living room: Becoming a mother is a big deal. A really big deal. Mothers, more than other women, face significant economic barriers and still struggle for social, economic, and political equality."
"Big wage hits come with modern motherhood: Women without children make 90 cents to a man's dollar, mothers make 73 cents to a man's dollar, single mothers make about 60 cents, and women of color make even less."
"Giving parents control over planning their families allows them, in turn, to give their children the best futures possible."
Read the full article. It provides a very interesting look at the current panels addressing the contraception debate, the history of contraception in America, and the economic considerations for women and families with children.