(Another History Lesson, this time on Contraception)
I’m predicting another boom in population during our new presidential term. It’s kind of an out there statement, but maybe not, hear me out.
Media has just told us the new Republican version of Obamacare has been unveiled. I have not taken the time to read through the program just yet, other than to see that insurance companies are predicting increases in consumer premiums. I have no idea what all the program entails.
What I can tell you is that Obamacare made birth control FREE to everyone. Ask just about any insurance holder, private or state, or pharmacy patron what they paid for a copay at the counter when picking up their birth control pills these past several years and they will tell you ZERO. Now that I think about this, you ladies already knew this, but did you men? We’ve been getting our birth control free since Obamacare was initiated!
With a repeal, a change, or funds withheld from Planned Parenthood, I can tell you right now, there are going to be a heck of a lot of babies being born in the years, 2018, 2019 and two to six more years after that. It will be a new baby boom because birth control will be harder to obtain and more expensive, especially to those who need it most.
Why am I writing this? I was at the pharmacy the other day, and I heard women in line speaking of “stocking up” on their contraception while it’s still free. STOCKPILING. Stockpiling birth control pills to be more precise. (Gosh, I wonder what the effective rate is when those have been shelved and stockpiled for a while.)
Because this is a generational blog, a GEN X blog to be precise, let’s look back at population size for the last 100 years or so:
The Silent Generation (1925-1945) Wartime. A large gen because there was no BC, but Smaller than the upcoming generation…
The Baby Boomers (1946-1964) The largest generation, our current ‘Silver Tsunami’
And there’s us, man…
Generation X (1965-1980) We are a much smaller (smallest?) gen, and “why?” you ask?
Since you asked, let me tell you. I’m about to get a little graphic on ya, folks. Bear with me. (Cringe emoji goes here.)
It’s all about the birth of the birth control pill. Here’s some history on that.
Ancient Egyptian women use a combination of cotton, dates, honey and acacia as a suppository, and it turns out fermented acacia really does have a spermicidal effect. The Bible and the Koran both refer to coitus interruptus (the withdrawal method). Folks were using that since the beginning of time. Read: Folk remedies, abstinence, rhythm method, withdrawal method, condoms. Really, that is all there was until 1960 when The Pill was approved for contraceptive use.
1962 The Pill is an instant hit! After two years, 1.2 million Americans women are on the pill; after three years, the number almost doubles, to 2.3 million. (We are being downsized prior to birth!)
It’s 1964, but The Pill is still controversial: It remains illegal in eight states. The Pope convenes the Commission on Population, the Family and Natality; many within the Catholic Church are in favor. The Gen Xer’s like us are getting ready to make our debut.
It’s 1965, five years after the FDA’s approval, 6.5 million American women are on The Pill, making it the most popular form of birth control in the U.S. Some of our moms had our arrival marked on the calendar about now, and some just forgot to take The Pill a few days.
Along with this comes the women’s rights movement. We’ve got The Pill in our knapsacks and we can control our pregnancies!
You see, between ’65 and ’80 (and well into today) our generation was limited to those of us who evade the drug blocking our momma’s eggs. We are a smaller generation for it.
But what will happen when Obamacare is repealed or amended or changed all together and women can no longer get easy and affordable access to birth control? I will tell you.
We will have a much LARGER Gen Alpha (2011-2025). There will be more births in just a 14 year time span then we could ever imagine. (We can talk about this again in just 8 years!)
Just ask the ladies lined up at your local pharmacy doing their stockpiling.