Folbre on Sex, Abortions and Health Insurance

UMass Economics Professor Nancy Folbre

UMass Economics Professor Nancy Folbre

In her most recent New York Times Economix Blog, UMass Economics Professor Nancy Folbre examines the implications of the Stupack-Pitts amendment, which would prohibit companies from offering policies covering abortions in subsidized health insurance exchanges.

November 30, 2009, 9:06 am
Sex, Abortions and Health Insurance
By NANCY FOLBRE
An economist asks: Are reproductive rights activists overreacting about the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the health care reform legislation?

[excerpt] With sex (as with food and exercise) Americans don’t seem, on average, to be very good at planning. Almost one-half of all pregnancies — and about one-third of births — are described as “unintended.”

We need insurance for a reason.

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