Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling for birth control pills to be sold over the counter at drugstores, a move he said would take the issue out of the political arena where it has hurt Republicans.
"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 an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal
. "It's a disingenuous political argument they make."
Republican lawmakers argued against employers with religious objections having to cover birth control in insurance plans for employees during debates over Obamacare last year. The issue helped give Democrats an edge in appealing to women voters in the 2012 election.
Making birth control pills available to women over the counter at drugstores is an idea endorsed recently by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Currently, a doctor's prescription is required.
Jindal, who is a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said selling oral contraception over the counter would bring about the "end of birth-control politics."
Via the Wall Street Journal