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Jindal: Birth Control Should Be Over the Counter

Totally agree with the Louisiana gov­er­nor here.

Frankly, I’ve been won­der­ing ever since he wrote this op-ed why the Obama-led Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion hasn’t done this in the four years they’ve been in charge.  If it is solely for polit­i­cal rea­sons to try to ben­e­fit Democ­rats, they have a lot of explain­ing to do to the med­ical com­mu­nity and the pub­lic at large.

Logis­ti­cally, it also make more sense.  It’s less of a has­sle for women who would no longer need to get a pre­scrip­tion and waste time at the doc­tor if they don’t need to.  Also, a num­ber of hor­mone therapy’s are already OTC, so why is this still being sin­gled out?

(Or are we still haunted by the 1970s Sen­ate hear­ings led by bad-science at the behest of “Lib­eral Icon” Gay­lord Nelson?)

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,” Jin­dal wrote in The Wall Street Jour­nal. “It’s a disin­gen­u­ous polit­i­cal argu­ment they make.”

Repub­li­can objec­tions to manda­tory birth con­trol cov­er­age in health insur­ance cov­er­age were a major part of Demo­c­ra­tic mes­sag­ing toward women in the 2012 elec­tion cycle. Repub­li­cans wanted an exemp­tion to the man­date for reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions. Jin­dal argues over-the-counter sales to those over 18 years of age would make this debate irrelevant.

Democ­rats have wrongly accused Repub­li­cans of being against birth con­trol and against allow­ing peo­ple to use it. That’s hog­wash,” Jin­dal wrote. “But Repub­li­cans do want to pro­tect those who have reli­gious beliefs that are opposed to con­tra­cep­tion. The lat­est opin­ion from the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Obste­tri­cians and Gyne­col­o­gists is a common-sense call for reform that could yield a result every­one can embrace: the end of birth-control politics.”

If push comes to shove, indi­vid­ual states and stores can set up their own poli­cies regard­ing access to those under the age of 18.  My guess is you’ll see some­thing sim­i­lar to what stores like Walgreen’s do with sinus med­i­cine and men’s shav­ing razor car­tridges — you either have to show an ID, or seek out a store employee who has to open the cage for you.

The Pill” has been avail­able to the mar­ket since the 1960s, with numer­ous stud­ies done on it in those fifty years since back­ing its safety, side effects, and so on.  There’s no sci­en­tific rea­son to not make it over-the-counter, so it is time to let the last polit­i­cal rea­sons lapse too.

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