Sorry for late-ish posting today. But I've been kind of monitoring the news a lot this morning, I think because I'm still a little anxious about the debt ceiling situation. Still, I was reassured enough last night that it's not going to fall through that I filed a piece that assumed it's a deal, which you can read here at RH Reality Check. My argument is that abortion caused the debt ceiling. Okay, that's actually just the hook, but the real argument is that our right wing populist movement was built on sex panic (and race panic), and they have been able to use sex panic to grow their power and numbers until they were nearly able to derail the entire world economy. The implication is that either we start taking the Fetus People seriously now, or next time they may have even more seats in Congress and no amount of Wall Street pleading will stop them from doing something world-destroying stupid.
Anyway, the news that the country's not going to come crashing down around our ears but instead is going to continue its slow decline into becoming a banana republic will overwhelm today's actual, for-real good news: the HHS announced that birth control is going to start being free to women with insurance. When it starts being free to you depends on when your insurance plan begins—it could be as late as 2013 for many women—but still. Free birth control. And by birth control, I don't just mean the pill or the ring. You will also be able to get your tubes tied, an IUD installed, or an implant put in….all for free. No co-pay for any contraception. Free pills is a good thing and should reduce unintended pregnancies, but the free long-term birth control methods may be a bigger deal. A lot of women would prefer to have these kinds of birth control, but the up front costs are just too daunting. Preliminary research shows that women who have access to free long-acting birth control both are far more likely to use these methods and, unsurprisingly, have fewer abortions.
So, hard as it is to believe, today is actually going to be somewhere between "not as bad as we feared" and even a good day.