Bobby Jindal wants to do it in Louisiana. Here is Jindal.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena.
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. It’s a disingenuous political argument they make.
As an unapologetic pro-life Republican, I also believe that every adult (18 years old and over) who wants contraception should be able to purchase it. But anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government health-care edicts to purchase it for others. And parents who believe, as I do, that their teenage children shouldn’t be involved with sex at all do not deserve ridicule.
The whole birth control situation in America is messier than a soup sandwich. The morning after pill, which is a high dose of oral contraceptives, is available over the counter today. The low dose birth control pills, however, require a doctor’s visit and a prescription. Allowing low dose pills to be sold without prescription would solve a lot of problems. Insurance companies aren’t required to cover non-prescription drugs. That should please Catholic Institutions.
Naturally, Democrats will fight to continue to require prescriptions in order to force insurance to pay so Democrats can promote yet another “free” benefit. Swag, after all, is how they buy votes.