Liberals everywhere are lamenting the demise of Roe v. Wade.
And so hungry are they to retain abortion as a method of contraception, they’re talking about ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling when it applies to military posts in states that may restrict abortion, using federal reservations as abortion sanctuaries, and impeaching conservative justices they disagree with.
But what they’re not doing is helping people who want to avoid the possibility of seeking an abortion to begin with.
At issue are “fertility awareness-based methods,” or FABM, also commonly known as natural family planning.
FABM allows women who seek to avoid pregnancy without drugs or implants to gauge their ovulation cycle so they can refrain from sex when they are most fertile.
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FABM is not as effective as the pill, condoms, or IUDs. But when used correctly, medical experts say it can be very effective and ideal for women who don’t want to use drugs or hormones, implant a device, or who have religious or personal objections to other forms of birth control.
Best of all, it’s free.
Yet the Biden administration last December curtailed the use of FABM. It did so by revoking a legal provision supported by both the Obama and Trump administrations that allowed FABM consultations and instruction to be covered by medical insurance.
The ADF says the reason for ending that provision is unclear. But according to Grace Emily Stark of the Center for Bioethics & Culture, those visits can run between $100 and $500. Which, she indicates, would drive women away from learning the program, if they must now pay for them themselves.
“Women shouldn’t have to fear losing their doctor and insurance coverage for fertility awareness instruction as a result of back-room government decisions,” ADF Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake said in a press release about the lawsuit.
“It is wrong and unlawful for the Biden administration to push its own, preferred method of family planning on all women.”
“Women who practice fertility awareness-based methods make serious personal and financial decisions to do what’s best for their family and their conscience,” Blake added. “Removing insurance coverage could devastate these families. The government should not be forcing this choice upon America’s women.”
But it seems when the Biden administration talks about choice, the primary choice it supports is abortion.