GOP Senate Candidates Favor Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 07:18 AM

By Elliot Jager

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republican senatorial candidates have been emphasizing their support for over-the-counter birth control to counter claims that their party holds outmoded ideas about women and sex, The Washington Post reported.

Birth control pills currently require a doctor's prescription as mandated by the Food and Drug Administration. A year's course, if paid out-of-pocket, would cost about $600, the Post reported.

"I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, around the clock, without a prescription," said Rep. Cory Gardner who is running in Colorado against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall.

Polls show the state's voters are less likely to back a candidate who opposes contraception or abortion, according to the Post.

Ed Gillespie in Virginia, running against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, and Mike McFadden in Minnesota, taking on Sen. Al Franken, have made comparable statements.

"If anything, it probably defangs this increasingly concerted effort by the political left to caricature male Republican politicians as anti-woman, anti-birth control, anti-rainbows and sunshine," said GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway, the Post reported.

Some Republicans view the morning-after pill— approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sale without age restrictions— as a form of abortion. They also oppose the intrauterine device because it can be considered abortion-inducing. The IUD could be outlawed in states that confer "personhood" on fetuses, the Post reported.

Planned Parenthood accused Republicans of seeking to "muddy the waters around their unpopular positions on women's health," dismissing their support for non-prescription birth control pills an "empty gesture," according to the Post.

Republicans have long sought to counter assertions that they are insensitive to women. In 2012, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal endorsed the over-the-counter pill idea in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

"I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend . . . that Republicans are somehow against birth control," he wrote. "Thanks to President Obama and the pro-choice lobby, women can buy the morning-after pill over the counter without a prescription, but women cannot buy oral contraceptives over the counter unless they have a prescription."


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Tom Harkin's Last Hurrah: Change Our National Anthem

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:07 PM

Retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin spent his final hours in Congress getting his pet peeve off his chest - the national . . .

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Man Sent to Asylum in Gun Case

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 13:38 PM

In a landmark decision, an appeals court has ruled that the federal law preventing a man from owning a gun because he wa . . .

Bernie Kerik: Bring Back US Fugitives 'If Cuba Opens Up'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:48 PM

President Barack Obama's shift in policy on Cuba opens the door for the return of fugitives to the U.S. that fled there  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved