How do you feel about this seemingly at odds practice?
Well, they do now. There’s a federal law requiring insurance companies to pay for birth control. You should go look up who voted against the law. McCain was one of them.
But you’re right that for several years there this was happening, Viagra being paid for, birth control not. It really defies all logic. One would think, with all their b.i.tching about the horrors of abortion, that conservatives would want *more people* using birth control, which is perhaps the single most effective means of decreasing the number of abortions.
And then you realize that conservatives who pretend to be super-concerned about abortion are actually just pushing a religious ideology that, in characteristically illogical fashion, despises BOTH abortion AND birth control. Just total nonsense.
As a man, I’m sorry, but women REQUIRE their birth control (which also helps men, too, from becoming fathers when they don’t want to be). Men do NOT require more orgasms or more erections to “treat” some completely non-life-threatening, non-dangerous “dysfunction.”
Once again, to ignorant people claiming birth control is not used to treat disorders, YES, IT IS. It is OFTEN prescribed not as birth control at all, but to ease symptoms related to menstruation because it regulates the menstrual flow. I have female friends using it to treat endometriosis, a painful disorder where the uterine lining grows in places it’s not supposed to. I believe a new pill has been approved to treat the symptoms of PMS. And, again, it is no one’s business whether a woman’s oral contraceptives are being used either as contraceptives or to ease other problems.
I would argue that “erectile dysfuction” is not a disorder at all, but it’s been advertised as one for so long people have come to consider it one. Another example of pharmaceutical companies selling sickness.