You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

A Setback For Women....Viagra Yes, Birth Control, NO! [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 11:24 AM
Original message
A Setback For Women....Viagra Yes, Birth Control, NO!
Advertisements [?]
We want to alert you that yesterday women's health suffered a significant setback. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a shameful ruling that limits access to birth control. It all started when Union Pacific, the largest railroad in North America, made a reprehensible decision to cover Viagra and deny coverage for birth control.

Birth control is basic health care and insurance plans should cover it just like they cover other prescription drugs. Contraceptive coverage provides women with critical access to birth control they might not otherwise be able to afford. Yet, Union Pacific deliberately chose to exclude coverage of prescription contraceptives from its health care plan. And now, in a decision made public yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has decided to let them get away with it.

Planned Parenthood has worked for years in Congress and the courts to advocate for this basic fairness issue. We know that access to birth control leads to healthier pregnancies, children, and families. Help Planned Parenthood continue its vital programs and fight back against this outrageous step backward for women's health.

Donate now. Planned Parenthood Federation of America must step up its Prevention First campaign making it against the law for health plans to deny coverage for prescription birth control.

Planned Parenthood attorneys helped win an earlier district court decision that rejected Union Pacific's unfair treatment of its women employees. That court refused to let Union Pacific get away with denying women coverage for prescription drugs and devices to prevent pregnancy, while providing coverage for a broad array of prescriptions to prevent other non-pregnancy-related conditions.

The court called it what it is illegal "pregnancy discrimination."

But now, in a split decision, two judges (one appointed by George W. Bush, the other by Ronald Reagan) have decided that, in spite of this different treatment of women, Union Pacific is not guilty of sex discrimination.

This wrong-headed decision is binding on courts within the seven states in the Eighth Circuit Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. And it will have a deep and damaging impact on all unionized women employees of Union Pacific, wherever they live.

That's why we have to step up our efforts to undo the damage by urging Congress to pass the Prevention First Act. Donate Now!

The Prevention First Act advances a wide range of measures: expanding access to reproductive health care services and education programs, increasing access to family planning services, preventing the spread of STIs, and giving women the tools they need to make the best decisions possible.

If we can get this done, Union Pacific and the judges that have excused their reprehensible actions won't be able to disregard women's health any longer. Let's get to work. Let's win a big, powerful victory for contraceptive equity!


Cecile Richards
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

P.S. Let's take our outrage at this court decision and use it to add new momentum for Prevention First. Please donate right now.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
  -A Setback For Women....Viagra Yes, Birth Control, NO! babsbunny  Mar-17-07 11:24 AM   #0 
  - This is so wrong! K&R  mentalsolstice   Mar-17-07 11:45 AM   #1 
  - Actually, there are other uses for Viagra  Alcibiades   Mar-17-07 01:26 PM   #11 
  - There are also other uses for birth control pills, including use for patients  phylny   Mar-17-07 02:08 PM   #20 
  - Quite ironic given ...  BearSquirrel2   Mar-17-07 01:58 PM   #17 
  - Kick to the Greatest page!  Lisa0825   Mar-17-07 11:48 AM   #2 
  - Not meaning to stir up trouble here, but I disagree (I think).  indie_ana_500   Mar-17-07 11:56 AM   #3 
  - Could this be handled in the union contract?  Solo_in_MD   Mar-17-07 12:05 PM   #4 
  - several good arguments here  spooky3   Mar-17-07 12:05 PM   #5 
  - What 'medical' condition is going to result  China_cat   Mar-17-07 12:33 PM   #6 
  - It's not about the "result" - It's about the "illness"  jberryhill   Mar-17-07 01:07 PM   #9 
     - But what if a pregnancy...  mentalsolstice   Mar-17-07 01:33 PM   #12 
     - Like I said..  jberryhill   Mar-17-07 01:47 PM   #14 
        - why don't you read other legal reasoning on this if you  spooky3   Mar-17-07 02:05 PM   #19 
           - "argues against your points"  jberryhill   Mar-17-07 03:01 PM   #23 
              - No one is jumping down your throat.  spooky3   Mar-17-07 03:43 PM   #27 
     - You would think, though, that an employer  China_cat   Mar-17-07 01:55 PM   #15 
     - Yup  jberryhill   Mar-17-07 03:02 PM   #24 
     - There probably isn't going to be a big upswing  Arkansas Granny   Mar-20-07 02:44 PM   #41 
     - the plan also covers Rogaine. Is hair loss a "disorder"?  spooky3   Mar-17-07 02:24 PM   #22 
        - Please find someone who disagrees with you and argue with then.  jberryhill   Mar-17-07 03:03 PM   #25 
  - Most likely.  igil   Mar-17-07 12:39 PM   #7 
  - Unfortunately my BCPs were not covered  mentalsolstice   Mar-17-07 01:58 PM   #16 
  - Not true. Birth Control pills are prescribed for conditions that involve excessive bleeding  SharonAnn   Mar-17-07 01:18 PM   #10 
  - The coverage of birth control pills is nothing compared to the coverage  phylny   Mar-17-07 02:10 PM   #21 
  - Bullshit  alarimer   Mar-17-07 03:36 PM   #26 
  - try telling that to a woman with endometriosis  ComerPerro   Mar-17-07 06:39 PM   #29 
  - been there, done that  kineneb   Mar-20-07 12:41 PM   #36 
  - 1 pregnancy is more expensive than years of birth control. add in time off to give birth, etc.  Shallah   Mar-18-07 01:20 AM   #32 
  - I use them to aid a medical ailment  recoveringrepublican   Mar-18-07 01:20 PM   #34 
  - You see the logic?  quantessd   Mar-20-07 12:29 PM   #35 
  - Hormone therapy fights  MsMagnificent   Mar-20-07 02:38 PM   #40 
  - This is the result of years of "pro-life" activism in both parties.  madfloridian   Mar-17-07 01:00 PM   #8 
  - And if God says  mentalsolstice   Mar-17-07 01:37 PM   #13 
     - Yes but ...  BearSquirrel2   Mar-17-07 02:02 PM   #18 
  - This is why the class action rules were changed.  greyhound1966   Mar-17-07 06:26 PM   #28 
  - Women should be the only  femrap   Mar-17-07 06:49 PM   #30 
  - This got me to thinking. I can't wait to get into an argument with a someone who  NDP   Mar-17-07 06:58 PM   #31 
  - appalling  HuffleClaw   Mar-18-07 04:08 AM   #33 
  - so it doesn't cover condoms but does it cover prescription birth control  orleans   Mar-20-07 01:18 PM   #37 
  - You're misreading.  ieoeja   Mar-20-07 02:29 PM   #39 
  - I really don't understand this as a business decision.  Clark2008   Mar-20-07 01:26 PM   #38 
  - It makes sense  Bronyraurus   Mar-20-07 02:48 PM   #42 

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC