Comprehensive Healthcare

Why Is the Inclusion of Reproductive Health Controversial for Women but Not Men?

Published in: Women's Health Issues, v. 22, no. 4, July-Aug. 2012, p. e347-e349

Posted on RAND.org on July 01, 2012

by Karen M. Freund, Chloe E. Bird

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Whether comprehensive healthcare for women includes birth control, abortion, or even reproductive healthcare remains controversial in the United States. Women have long been faced with health insurance options that could exclude pregnancy, even when it was not a preexisting condition. Multiple arguments have recently been made as to why birth control should not be mandated coverage for women. Comprehensive care for women that broadly includes reproductive care is not yet the standard of care, despite recognition of the gaps and the many consequences for women's health.

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