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Colorado Sen. Gardner Leads GOP Support for OTC Birth Control

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Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:06 PM

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is spearheading a proposal that would allow women to purchase birth control over the counter.

Gardner, who represented Colorado in the House starting in 2011 before becoming a senator this year, has gathered support for his proposal from six other GOP senators, according to The Hill.

The proposal would require drug companies to apply for the practice of selling contraceptives without a doctor's prescription.

"Most other drugs with such a long history of safe and routine use are available for purchase over the counter, and contraception should join them," Gardner said.

Not everyone is on board with the proposal, however. According to The Hill, Planned Parenthood is opposed to the idea, saying it believes the bill would hike up the price of contraceptives and therefore make them harder to get — which would go against the bill's intent.

Planned Parenthood, reports The Hill, has said that some health insurance companies might not cover contraceptives if they're not prescribed by a doctor.

Dr. Mark DeFrancesco, the president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, blasted the bill after it was introduced.

"Their bill does not do much to increase access to contraception — and, in fact, includes details that will take a giant step in the wrong direction," DeFrancesco said, according to The Hill.

"We cannot support a plan that creates one route to access at the expense of another, more helpful route."

Gardner ousted Democrat Mark Udall in last fall's midterm elections. Providing over-the-counter access to contraceptives was part of his campaign pitch.

In March, it was reported that 30 percent of the world's low-income women ages 15-44 used birth control pills.

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to provide access to birth control to consumers.

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