Taking Contraception Off the Table and Putting It Over the Counter

jindalThis is good stuff from Bobby Jindal.  It’s something that nobody other than Santorum is going to be bothered by.   It also means the Sandra Flukes of this world can’t keep demagoguing on it.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said oral contraceptives should be available over-the-counter in a Thursday evening op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. The self-described “unapologetic pro-life Republican” governor of Louisiana said this would lower health-care costs, prevent government intrusion into citizens’ lives and fight the influence of big pharmaceutical companies.

“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 said in the op-ed.

Jindal cited a December committee opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists which came out in favor of over-the-counter access to the pill “to improve contraceptive access and use and possibly decrease unintended pregnancy rates.”

As I said in an earlier post – the GOP will win next time by shifting on some issues where it is clearly sensible to do so, but retaining their values on more substantial ones.

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