I guess some folks are of the opinion that parenthood is an absolute right. I'm not. Of course, there are also ways to have a child, even a child who is genetically yours, without being pregnant. And there are things that people can, if they choose to, do about an accidental pregnancy. I'd never FORCE someone to take such measures, but I won't pretend that they don't exist. Having sex is (normally) a choice. Birth control is a choice. What to do about an unplanned pregnancy is another choice. Frankly, I made all those choices before I ever lost my virginity, because I felt it was that important.
As for "accidents happen," that's very true; HALF the pregnancies in this country are unintended, even though the least effective NFP system has about a 78% effectiveness rate (so clearly, there's something greater at work here). That needs addressing too, but is beyond the scope of this thread.
But it doesn't seem to me that there's likely to be a huge intersection between women who are pregnant unintentionally and women who would demand a c-section for personal convenience, either.
There's also a whole lot of mistaking economic factors for command-and-control factors going on in this thread, as though somehow our economic system deprives people of free will. Clearly, (let's get anecdotal again) with the number of women on here who have done all kinds of amazing stuff to make it possible to afford a homebirth on a very tight budget, if something is very valuable to you, you'll get it. Making something expensive is NOT the same as making it illegal.
I don't think that every woman should have to pay out of pocket for every birth, but I also don't think I should have to pick up the tab for the increased cost of people having vanity c-sections. It's not just the cost of the surgery; it's the increased cost of health care for mom and baby for THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. If we had to pay out-of-pocket for our insurance premiums, it would be over $800/month for our family. We're lucky that my husband's company pays so generously (and they have a sliding scale, so that higher-income employees pay a larger share of their premiums), but millions of folks in this country have NO coverage because it's beyond their means. When coverage includes major abdominal surgery for whatever reason someone can come up with, it's no wonder why it's out of reach.
My mom wanted a homebirth pretty bad, they had NO extra money at all, none, she could find no one who would assist her at home free of charge, so her only options were have an unassisted birth which she wasn't comfortable with, or give birth at a hospital which was covered by their insurance. I don't buy the "if you want something bad enough you can get it" line. Sometimes no matter how much you want it, you can't always find away to get something for no money.