It’s preposterous that birth control was an issue in the last election, but the Democrats will find a way to make an issue out of anything if they think it will score them points with voters, or do damage to the other side. That’s why the Obama administration decided to force all employers to cover birth control, even religious organizations which would have to violate their faith to do so. They made Sandra Fluke their poster child and declared that anyone who objected was anti-woman. Unfortunately, quite a few voters were duped thanks to the media helping them push the meme.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who may be considering running for president in 2016, wants to take this issue off the table. He wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal calling for birth control to be available over the counter.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena.
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.
As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe that every adult (18 years old and over) who wants contraception should be able to purchase it. But anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government health-care edicts to purchase it for others. And parents who believe, as I do, that their teenage children shouldn’t be involved with sex at all do not deserve ridicule.
Let’s ask the question: Why do women have to go see a doctor before they buy birth control? There are two answers. First, because big government says they should, even though requiring a doctor visit to get a drug that research shows is safe helps drive up health-care costs. Second, because big pharmaceutical companies benefit from it. They know that prices would be driven down if the companies had to compete in the marketplace once their contraceptives were sold over the counter.
So at present we have an odd situation. (Read More)
The odd situation is that the morning after pill is available over the counter but birth control isn’t. That’s ridiculous.
Jindal also made the point that under Obamacare health savings accounts have been scaled back, and now over the counter medications are no longer covered by HSAs. So if contraception becomes available without a prescription women won’t be reimbursed through their HSAs. Something tells me that when that happens we won’t hear anyone in the media accusing Obama of being anti-woman.