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I imagine all of us are a little tired of hearing men say what they have decided women should do with their reproductive capacity, so let's consider the fact that we as a species reproduce sexually as opposed to asexually (no partner needed).  By definition sexual reproduction means it takes a gamete from TWO different sexes to make an embryo.  Time to talk about sperm, and the behavior of the sperm carriers.

If birth control should not be covered by insurance, that should mean that vasectomies would not be covered.  But they are.  If birth control should not be available to women, then neither should condoms be available for men.  And yes, I know that condoms are also used for disease prevention, but if you follow the medieval thinking of Santorum and his ilk then the rules are that only virgin males and females get married and have sex only with each other, so disease is not an issue.  Or at least not for the virtuous, and the others be damned (if you need a review of medieval thinking, please reread Dante's Inferno).

Now for the consequences, which of course would be babies, and lots of them.  These babies need TWO parents supporting them, so I have a nifty plan to make sure that this happens. Everyone at birth gets a social security number and this is tied to a sample of their DNA.  It will then be easy to track and bill for child support any daddies who slip through the net after depositing sperm and hitting the road.  Or mommies who try to do the same.

And as John Hodgman would say- problem solved.

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  •  The point about no coverage for vasectomies is an (3+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, leu2500, beemerr90s

    excellent one.  

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:19:35 AM PST

  •  Minor privacy issue? (3+ / 0-)
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    beemerr90s, penguins4peace, FG

    Just a minor quibble? about the government having a huge database of everyone's DNA attached to their SSN?
    I did divorce legal work for many years. In the vast majority of cases, the main problem collecting child support isn't confusion about who the daddy is. It's daddies finding ways to work under the table and hide assets. You can't garnish wages (which the law already mandates) if the person is getting paid in cash by his buddy, has his bank accounts in his mother's name or his girlfriends, and/or is willing to pay high-priced lawyers to defend against contempt actions. (See: Rep. Joe Walsh, $100,000+ owed.)

    •  Not as much of a privacy issue as forced sonograms (2+ / 0-)
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      bluestatedem84, demnomore

      But I assume you understand that I am not actually proposing any of the above.  Just trying to make a point.  

      Still, I don't really care what it takes to get the money for child support from people like Walsh.  I am sure there are ways to find assets, but I am guessing that the laws protecting this "privacy" were written mostly by wealthy men, hiding these assets from both the IRS and anyone else they owe money.  

    •  In other countries with bigger underground (0+ / 0-)

      economies it's even worse. You have lots of people getting 80% of their salary under the table that can't be used to pay child support.

  •  This is certainly a question I'd like to see (0+ / 0-)

    pursued in the media.  It's a perfect question for anyone hosting a defender of the faith arguing the pro-bishop side.

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by beemerr90s on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:59:34 AM PST

  •  Why aren't condoms covered? (0+ / 0-)

    They prevent pregnancy and STDs.  It seems strange that we're all arguing how the pill should be covered, and it should be, but nobody ever suggests insurance should cover condoms.

  •  Actually, instead of a SSN at birth, (0+ / 0-)

    you would need to get one at conception if any of these "Personhood" laws and amendments take effect. I assume that child support would have to be paid from nine months before birth and that that would now become your birthday as well.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 08:02:42 AM PST

  •  Vasectomy and Hysterectomy covered about the... (0+ / 0-)

    ...same way right now.  Covered in most circumstances, but occasionally not based on insurance and "elective" nature of the procedure.

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