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Governor Bobby JindalLast month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorsed the idea of selling birth control pills without a prescription. Non-minor purchasers would be able to pick up their monthly supply right next to condoms and pregnancy tests and would be required to show ID.
Last week, Louisiana governor and rising Republican rock star Bobby Jindal publically agreed with the opinion and strongly stated his support for making birth control more accessible to any adult who wants it. Say what now? A decidedly pro-life GOP member isn’t trying to take women back to the 1950s by banning birth control? And in fact wants to increase access to it?
As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It's a disingenuous political argument they make.
There’s a common misconception on the left that anti-abortion lobby on the right is actively trying to outlaw birth control. The President himself perpetuated that myth on the campaign trail, alluding to it in official videos and saying it outright in online info graphics. Liz Winstead, the creator of The Daily Show, tweeted it. Union leader Kathy Sullivan said it. Sandra Fluke made a speaking career out of repeating the outright lie at political rallies.
No wonder so many misinformed women think Republicans are backwards anti-female freakazoids. I probably wouldn't vote Republican either if I believed the GOP wanted to make my family planning decisions for me.
That is so far from the truth that it’s almost mind-boggling that people believe it. But what are they supposed to do, when our president ignores the truth that no Republican in recent history has ever tried, or ever even mentioned, banning or blocking access to birth control? Sure, there’s lots of debate over who should pay for your birth control, but never, ever, not even a little bit over your right to have it.
That’s why this over-the-counter birth control idea is so fantastic. It’s a safe and effective drug that could go a long way in preventing unwanted pregnancies. By forcing companies to compete for sales on the open market, it will drive the cost of the medicine down, making it even more accessible. More options, more affordability, what’s not to like?
Let’s unite on this one ladies, and get the government out of our bedrooms for real.
Would you buy birth control without a prescription?
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