Some Companies Not Required to Provide Coverage for Mirena IUD, Plan B, U.S. Supreme Court Decides
Certain companies are no longer required to provide coverage for birth control devices including the Mirena IUD, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June.
According to a USAToday.com report on June 30, the Supreme Court’s decision will not affect condoms, birth control pills and sterilization, but will impact Plan B (the morning-after pill), Ella (another morning-after pill) and the Mirena IUD. A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the ruling “opens the door for other corporations to be able to opt out of providing any form of birth control.”
An editorial posted on New York Magazine’s website disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court decision as well, and goes on to blame the IUD’s ‘bad reputation’ on a number of factors that belie its purported effectiveness. According to the article, people still remember an age-old version of the device that was recalled in the 1970s after it was found to cause infection and some cases of infertility.
“It seems the threat of risk is something our minds take more seriously than its potential reward,” NYMag.com states.
Mirena Lawsuits Pending Litigation in U.S. Federal, State Courts
Women may also be receiving inaccurate information about IUDs, in that they are dangerous and immoral, the article goes on to suggest. What the article fails to mention though, is that some negative information about Mirena may stem from its own recipients. As of June 16, a total of 569 IUD lawsuits had been filed in a federal litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. These cases were brought on behalf of women whose IUD spontaneously migrated away from the uterine wall and into other parts of the body, perforating the uterus and causing a host of painful and debilitating side effects.
Similar actions have also been filed in New Jersey Superior Court, where at least 728 claims are now pending in Bergen County. Plaintiffs in these cases similarly accuse the IUD manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, of downplaying side effects associated with the device, and overstating its risks. In fact, the company was scolded for doing so in a FDA Warning Letter sent in 2009.
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