HOUSTON—Fifty years after "the pill," another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to "Obamacare."
Currently, half of all pregnancies fall into the "whoops" category. That's a whole lot of unplanned pregnancies.
This month, the federal government will begin deciding what forms of birth control, if any, they will include as free preventative care under the new health reform bill.
This issue is stirring up a lot of controversy. One side has been waiting for something like this to help women prevent unplanned pregnancies while the other side says it will only cause younger women to be promiscuous.
Birth control has been available to women worldwide for half a century. A monthly pill or a patch, among other options, can prevent a pregnancy, but there are some barriers.
"Price is a major challenge," said Rochelle Tafolla with Planned Parenthood.
Tafolla said women who walk in wanting to get on birth control, but can't afford, it don't have many options.
"They may say, 'Well that's $60 a month that I could put towards my car note, rent, or groceries,'" Tafolla said. "[They will say], 'I'll skip this month and I will be careful, and what happens is life happens.'"
But no-cost birth control could soon be available here in the U.S. It's part of President Barack Obama's new health care reform plan. Certain types of contraception would fall under "preventative care" for women.
"My first reaction was to pray," said Christine Melchor with Houston Coalition for Life. "Free birth control will be disastrous to our society."
Melchor believes free contraception will only hike abortion rates among young women.
"We will see a huge explosion in teen pregnancies because they don't use the pill properly all the time," Melchor said.
Tafolla said there are other options that don't require women to take a pill. She believes making those options affordable or free could curb unwanted pregnancies.
"There is nothing free in this day and age. Somebody is going to be paying for the pill and it's more likely going to be our tax dollars," Melchor said.
Still, pro-life groups feel it's just another form of abortion. Though it may come at no cost, they believe it will come at the expense of someone's life.
The panel of experts that are advising the government have until next August to decide if any forms of birth control will be free.