PUBLIC OPINION > Cheap Birth Control Can Still Be Trustworthy
News 2012/03/13 22:00:28
The price of birth control is an issue because the government is pushing to ensure that birth control is covered by employer health insurance, but to the side of that issue is another topic of discussion. Is it safe to use cheap birth control? The most effective methods can run women more than $1,000 for an implant, or $3,000 for high-end pills. But there are generic pills available at Target for just $9 a month. We asked the public if they would trust pills that cheap.
Admittedly, this issue ran into a lot of political potholes related to whether or not birth control should be funded by the government, but we can only go by the numbers, and it seems like most people believe that $9 a month will do the job. Part of it is a trust in generic medicine in general. One commenter wrote, "A company the size of Target knows better than to market snake oil." They might not be as effective as IUDs, but they're probably just as effective as the more expensive pills. Another commenter claimed, "The cost of birth control is a manufactured issue."
Conservatives and Health Care
We would be amiss to ignore the political difference here, though it's not as simple as it might appear. Some conservatives were worried the demographics would be interpreted to suggest conservatives are against birth control, but the difference is more likely due to the health care issue. Conservatives are clearly against government funding, and as a result may have been more enthusiastic about cheap birth control.
All of the younger demographics -- students, singles, and the lower age groups -- were particularly suspicious of cheap birth control. That could just be that they're suspicious of birth control in the first place, as they've likely had less experience with it.
It Does the Job If You Drink
Interestingly, the most trusting demographic was the drinkers. 82% of them said they'd trust $9 birth control. That could suggest that drinkers are a little less... concerned. Then again, that slight lack of concern could result in more experience with cheap birth control, which means they might know what they're talking about. The public agrees, after all.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about cheap birth control. We'd love to hear from you!
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