Unlike the previous OHIP+ (Ontario Health Insurance Program) plan, the biggest concern is that birth control is no longer covered. For many young people, birth control is an everyday necessity. With the cost of birth control ranging from $15 to $400 for an IUD (Intrauterine device), these costs can add a substantial financial burden to many young women.
“Starting today, youth will have an additional barrier [to birth control], as they have to talk to their parents about accessing private health insurance,” said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Toronto. Without access to free birth control, many women will have to make the decision between “choosing to use their money for birth control or their money for rent”. When asked about how she would have liked the Ford government to handle the change, Hobbs-Blyth said that “birth control could have been an exception because it is very different than going to your parents and asking for asthma medication [..,] it would be nice if youth don’t have to face this barrier. Youth already face so many barriers when accessing sexual reproductive health services.”
So... do you think the instances of teenage pregnancies will increase of decrease?
For Puck's Sake, modern society can be so stupid sometimes.