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.
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.