I’m increasingly amused by the newest arguments over contraceptives. As everyone knows, the president has ordered insurance companies must provide contraceptive coverage for anyone being insured by an employer.
Somehow, this particular order has now been construed as conservatives not in favor of contraceptives versus liberals who are in favor of contraceptives. As far as I can tell, I have not heard a single person who says they are not in favor of people using contraceptives. What I have heard, however, is some people feel it should not be their responsibility to pay for other people to have contraceptives, which is an entirely different subject.
Thinking about this subject, I first must determine why people use contraceptives. It seems the answer to this question is fairly simple. They do not wish to have children.
Now, there is only one way to become pregnant and that is by having sex. There are only two reasons to have sex. They either have sex to have children or they have sex for pleasure.
For purposes of this discussion, there is no need to discuss those who are having sex for children because they aren’t using contraceptives. That leaves us with only those people who have sex for fun.
Those having sex for fun believe I, as a taxpayer, should pay for their contraceptives while they’re having fun. Now, you may say the president has ordered the insurance companies to provide coverage so it is not the taxpayer who is paying. That would be incorrect because the insurance company will need to raise premiums on all insurance polices to cover the additional cost of adding contraceptives. So, I either pay a direct tax if the government makes me pay for contraceptives or I pay an indirect tax by paying more for my insurance.
My problem is why should I be paying for someone else to have fun? I am now 52 years old and have yet to have anyone ask if I would like to join in on the fun. I’m pretty sure even if asked, my wife would not allow me to consider such an offer.
I am still scratching my head trying to figure out why it is my responsibility — or anyone else’s — to provide contraceptives for someone who has decided to have fun. If I decide to have fun by going to Wild Adventures, I must have the money necessary to buy the ticket to enjoy the park. I don’t ask anyone else to pay for the ticket when I enter the park.
I decided to check to see if providing contraceptives is so expensive for the average person such that me or the government should be paying for this service. I surfed several Internet sites and found that one can purchase a 36-pack of condoms for $19.79. This 36 pack is what is known commonly as a lifetime supply of condoms for the average married couple.
Based on that price, it would cost $197.90 a year for someone to have risk-free sex 360 days of the year. I assume most people are not enjoying sex every day of the year and will decide to take at least five holidays during the year for a rest period. One hundred and 97 dollars and 90 cents a year is 54 cents a day. If you can’t afford 54 cents a day, you probably do not need to take a chance.
I’m pretty sure if it fails and you cannot afford to pay 54 cents a day, you will be asking me to pay for the baby once it’s born. Either way I’m on the hook for your fun and I still have not been invited to the party.
Have we as a country lost all sense of self responsibility?
I suspect one would be hard pressed to find anyone in the America who could not pay 54 cents a day to provide protection. If they could not come up with 54 cents, I’m willing to bet that a change in lifestyle could easily harness the additional 54 cents.
Think about it for a moment. Everyone has choices. You could forego your morning coffee and then have enough money to buy three days’ worth of protection. You could forego three cigarettes and have enough for a day’s protection. You could forego a few minutes on your cell phone and have enough money for a few days of protection. One could forego buying a lottery ticket, or new sneakers, or a hundred other items.
All I’m saying is this ridiculous argument that someone is against contraceptives is just that, ridiculous. What I’m against is being forced to pay for other people’s fun and other people’s decisions.
Contact columnist T. Gamble at firstname.lastname@example.org.