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Posted on 08/10/2012 3:58:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
Full title: Obamacare Reg Forces Health Plans to Give Free Sterilizations to 15-Year-Old Girls--Without Parental Consent
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the White House on March 23, 2010, the day Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)
(CNSNews.com) - Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized the regulation earlier this year.
It says that all health care plans in the United States--except those provided by actual houses of worship organized under the section of the Internal Revenue Code reserved for churches per se--must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives to all women with reproductive capacity.
In practical terms, "all women of reproductive capacity" means girls as young as about 12. That, according to the National Institutes of Health, is when girls usually start menstruating.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--a.k.a. Obamacare--was enacted in March 2010 it included ( in Section 2713) a non-specific requirement that health care plans must provide "additional preventive services" to women. These unspecified "additional preventive services," the law said, were to be "provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration," a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
In developing the regulation to define these "additional preventive services," HHS commissioned a federally funded committee at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend what they should to be.
In July 2011, this committee issued a report that said: The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive capacity.
White House staff toast Obama on the Truman Balcony early on March 22, 2010, after PPACA had passed Congress. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)
The committee report said that with reproductive capacity meant from the time of menarche to menopause. Menarche is the beginning of menstruation--again, on average, about the age of 12 for American women.
On Aug. 1, 2011, HHS announced that it was adopting the IOM committee's recommendation almost verbatim. In fact, it added just one word--placing "all" in front of "women with reproductive capacity."
Thus, the regulation issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration said: "Non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost-sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year (in the individual market, policy year) that begins on or after August 1, 2012. ... All Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."
HHS said nothing about restricting the provision of these free "preventive services" to women who were 18 or older, or 21 or older, or even 15 or older. The regulation simply said "all women with reproductive capacity."
However, states have varying laws on the age of consent. CNSNews.com took a look at Oregon and its rule of consent for sterilization--one of the free services required by the Obama administration's regulation.
In Oregon, the age of informed consent is 15, and the law and rules on sterilization are detailed in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 436.205 to 436.335.
Under Oregon law, girls from 15 years of age and up are given complete control over whether to be sterilized or not. The parents or guardians of a minor girl--between 15 and 18--can neither grant nor deny consent for a sterilization.
The Oregon law says: "'Informed consent' means consent given by an individual 15 years of age or older for sterilization that is: (a) Based upon a full understanding of the nature and consequences of sterilization pursuant to information requirements set forth in ORS 436.225(1); (b) Given by an individual competent to make such a decision; and (c) Wholly voluntary and free from coercion, express or implied."
Oregon defines "sterilization" as "any medical procedure, treatment or operation for the purpose of rendering an individual permanently incapable of procreating."
The Oregon Health Authority has created a special consent form called " Ages 15-20 Consent to Sterilization."
I’m okay with it for any child of an Obama voter....
I’d chip in for treatment of any potential future 0bama mothers.
Why not sterilize the boys?
They put this regulation in for one reason and one reason only ==>> population reduction.
Sterilizing a male does nothing(or very little) to reduce the population. Sterilizing a female does.
>> free sterilizations ...
“Free” will change to “recommended” then to “ordered”.
This is an extremely egregious agenda that has one legitimate remedy: vote the scumbags out of power!
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correct me if I am wrong but isn;t sex and age a law , and isn;t that law supposed to be enforced?
Now silly me, laws, rules, what for this Govt. Hell this Govt and this corrupt administration have sued states for enforcing imigration laws while ignoring places which violate that law.
They now ignore laws which set an age limit for sex for youngsters.
They make sham laws regarding immigration and amnesty.
the list is endless, hell if the corrupt media cannot even mention much about gun running and muder of a border agent as well as hundreds from those guns they sure as hell are not going to mention any other laws which might hurt their messiah
Say how many of your viewers know about the gun running, Terry who was killed, the green energy pay off to the Dem money men, the DOJ ignoring laws while suing those who enforce the laws like FL, SC, AL, GA, TX, how about the mosque in TN which was helped by this DOJ, how about the DOJ ignoring crimes against whites?
The list is endless and I'm sick of the liberal media , the cowardly GOP and many in talk radio who refuse to mention social issues like what the homostapo are doing to good hard working people.
Especially since female sterilizations are much more difficult and expensive to reverse than male sterilizations.
Even those with no moral or religious objection to sterilization in general should realize that 15 year old girls are unlikely to understand that their opinions on childbearing may be radically different in a decade or two. They are also likely to be overly optimistic about their chances of reversing the operation if they change their mind later. Then again, some of the amoral people behind this regulation are probably counting on exactly that.
I can imagine the sales pitch now: “Hey girls, you can have this quick operation. You’ll only have a couple of days of soreness and a tiny scar in the belly button where it won’t show. Then you can have all the sex you want and not worry about getting pregnant. No need for pills or condoms or anything, ever. And it’s FREE!”
It really makes me sad thinking about it.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/arlington-delegate-seeks-reparations-for-sterilization-victims/2012/08/06/96cf3aa8-dfee-11e1-a19c-fcfa365396c8_blog.html The title doesn’t tell the half of the problem, but the Commonwealth of Virginia was in the business of giving young girls sterilizations without consulting their parents. The practice is now considered quite barbaric.
I predict in the future Oregon will be over run with Pro Lifer’s and Muslins.
Why would anyone be forced into sterilization?? Why is this even in there? Is it being done now?
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