Analysis of media issues, politics and current events.
Regardless of the moral component. Absolutely birth control is an economic issue. Why? Let’s move it away from women,flip it, and put it in a man’s point of view so we can drain the sex/slut/moral energy away for a second.
Behind that initial grin (or gritted teeth) of being told they are going to become a dad, I’m betting the first thing many men think after the excitement is the stress and emotional burden that hits them and whispers to them the reality,”You’re going have to find way to support this new person.” Or an unplanned dad is thinking “I don’t want to pay to raise a child.” Because both know that the choice to have or keep the child will create long, wide ripples of economic consequences that will affect the trajectory of income, education and economic mobility in their life. Whether that’s having to drop out of school for a job that earns income right now to take care of an immediate larger family. Or staying in school or choosing a profession that earns enough income to support a child. Even when one parent isn’t an active part of the new family, you’ve still multiplied food, healthcare by a factor of two.
It’s why you’ve seen people who say the are against abortion hypocritically do an about face in light of the financial costs. An abortion is far cheaper (a few hundred) than the cost of raising, a child (estimated over $100,000 until age 18). For people who believe in the power of the free market, the answer is not legislation (banning abortion), the answer is create a marketplace or economics that makes abortion the economically more viable alternative. Because fiscally or for an economic future, the numbers just don’t add up.
So to only think of birth control as only a sexual/moral issue may be morally debatable but economically short sighted in the same way buying a cool Porsche now when you haven’t thought about how you are going to pay for it. Calling the new Porsche “just a car issue” is just as economically short sighted.