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Men Get Viagra Delivery While Women Get More Birth Control Restrictions

October 8th 2015

By:
Diana Crandall

One meme making rounds this week underlines that no one wants to pay for you to have sex... unless you're a man.

Viagra Home Delivery Meme

Medication treating male impotence is widely available, and the meme is correct. At the click of a button, Viagra can be delivered to your door for free.

The Viagra website offers the service to men with a valid Viagra prescription, offering discreet home delivery that is “convenient” and “private.” It's a convenience less available for women in the U.S., where it is often more difficult to get medically necessary contraception covered by health insurance, let alone hand-delivered on their doorstep, compared to the advertised male impotence medication.

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In addition to preventing pregnancy, hormonal methods of birth control that prevent ovulation in women have many medical uses. Medical conditions specifically treated by birth control pills include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, lack of periods, menstrual cramps, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and heavy menstrual period.

The 2014 landmark ruling Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby exemplified this double-standard when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that for-profit corporations with religious owners are not required to pay insurance coverage that includes contraception. Hobby Lobby has no objection to covering Viagra and vasectomies, however, and today, are not required to cover female contraception on insurance provided to their employees.

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When he was host of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart routinely tackled the issue, frequently pointing out that the people involved in making anti-contraceptive motions or legislation are men.

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"There's no compelling interest to Hobby Lobby's lawyer, Paul Clement," Stewart jibed. "He's got a penis. Babies rarely grow inside of those."