It’s been six years since Indianapolis officials passed a law allowing low income mothers that had recently given birth access to free birth control. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending upon with whom you side, the law was never actually implemented. No one cared enough (apparently) to check the status of this bill. Was this ignorance, carelessness or a purposeful act?
Less is More
More free birth control could have meant less unwanted pregnancies and fewer abortions. Abortions totaling over 5500 were reported last year in Indiana, a rise of 2% over the prior year. One of Indianapolis’s state senators was not even aware that the law which had been passed had never been put into motion. Indiana’s administration for family and social services, whose responsibility it was to apply for the Medicaid federal expansion program, apparently never got around to it. The consideration for free birth control to women who had recently given birth was meant to reduce the health risks to not only the women themselves but guard against the increased possibility of low birth weight or premature births over the next two years following the delivery of a baby; a very realistic concern, according to doctors.
So Now What?
Six years after the free birth control law was to have been signed, sealed and delivered; should Indianapolis now resubmit the law for another vote? Or are state officials not responsible for assisting family planning? Teen pregnancies, risky pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies… Should these be a concern for the federal government or for the individuals themselves that are involved in these situations? Are the laws already in place in Indianapolis sufficient for the care and well being of low income families; or is this a necessary, added benefit that Indianapolis should consider?
Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, a law (once it is passed) is a law. How do the powers that be mess that up?