Last updated on: 11/20/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Hadley Heath Manning Biography

Title:
Director of Policy at Independent Women's Forum
Position:
Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"
Reasoning:

“Making birth-control pills available over the counter would greatly increase convenience and access for many women, ultimately leading to fewer unintended pregnancies. There is no reason women should have to obtain a prescription for this common, safe and effective drug that has been around since the 1960s…

Because birth control is a prescription drug, and because the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide no-copay coverage for birth control, American women typically don’t buy the inexpensive pills directly from a pharmacy — as women do in most other countries. American women typically use a third-party payer, like an insurance company, to pay for their contraception. And often, employers provide health insurance…

This pipeline of payment — among women, their employers, their insurers and ultimately their pharmacies — is inefficient and costly. Women may see no-copay birth control as a benefit, but it’s one they pay for: Since the Affordable Care Act passed, average health insurance premiums have increased by 105 percent, more than doubling. Women still pay for birth control; now we simply do it through higher insurance premiums…

And ironically, the morning-after pill or ‘Plan B’ — which includes a much higher dose of the same hormones as regular birth-control pills — is available without a prescription. It makes no sense from public health standpoint that ‘Plan A’ is harder to get.”

“Yes, Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over the Counter,” newsday.com, July 13, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Forum, May 2017-present
  • Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Voice, May 2017-present
  • Tony Blankley Chair, Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, Steamboat Institute, Aug. 2016-present
  • Honoree, Forbes “30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” 2016
  • Director of Health Policy, Independent Women’s Forum, June 2014-May 2017
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum, June 2009-May 2017
Education:
  • BA, Economics and Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @HadleyHeath
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should birth control pills be available over the counter?