Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why are Republicans pushing for over the counter birth control?” you ask? Good question. Timely too. (Besides, it beats trying to answer the question: “Why don’t guys get Viagra on the taxpayer’s dollar if women get ‘the pill’?” Seriously? What political party do you know that is truly willing to help out white guys who aren’t rich? The only minority no one gives a sh*t about is “unemployed/underemployed white males over 40”. Where have you been?)
No doubt what inspired this question is a statement made by Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina last week. She said that “it’s time for over-the-counter birth control, which will drive down prices and increase availability.”
Danielle Paquette, contributor to The Washington Post online also reported that “Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, for instance, recently introduced a bill that would make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to apply for their birth control drugs to be available over the counter.”
But why are Republicans pushing for over the counter birth control? Ayotte responded in a statement saying: “Our legislation will help increase women’s access to safe and effective contraceptives and further empower women to make their own health care decisions.” Additionally, a new study n the journal Contraception indicates that if the birth control pill was available over the counter yet still covered by medical insurance) the number of accidental pregnancies could drop by as much as 25 percent. .
Fiorina noted that unplanned children make it more difficult for gals to get ahead—especially single moms who “earn less and get fewer promotions.” (Really? Who told them to have unprotected sex in the first place? Who told them to become single moms? Oh, sorry, we’re not distinguishing between really stupid girls and women who deserve a raise for working at least as hard as men? Don’t whine to us about it. There are taxpayer-funded programs in place already to help. Ask any guy who has paid child support.)
Of course, there may be other reasons why Republicans are pushing for over the counter birth control. It could be a way to get women to accept more responsibility for their own actions and give the taxpayer a break.
Paquette confirmed this: “The Republican-proposed bill on Capitol Hill, to the dismay of women’s health advocacy groups, does not guarantee insurers would continue to cover the cost, as most plans are now required to do under the Affordable Care Act.”
Paquette also states that “NARAL Pro-Choice America called the (above-mentioned) proposal ‘nothing but political pandering to trick women and families into thinking we are covered while dismantling one of the most critical gains in the Affordable Care Act’.”
(Did anyone really explain how birth control ties directly into taking care of children? Oh, well . . .)
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