Bobby Jindal backs over the counter birth control
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Bobby Jindal backs over the counter birth control

Washington : DC : USA | Dec 15, 2012 at 5:55 AM PST
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Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, has the answer to birth control problem that can potentially throw the issue out of political debates.

Jindal, who is also a likely Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, believes that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support for making available oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription can put an end to the fight between both parties over the issue and can also drive down costs associated with unnecessary doctor’s visits.

“I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena." Jindal writes in Friday’s Wall Street Journal opinion section. "Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That's hogwash. But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception."

He said that anyone who has religious objection to contraception should, in no circumstances, be forced by the government to buy it for themselves or others. He added that parents, like himself, who do not think that their teenage children should indulge in sex must not be ridiculed by such laws.

Jindal, who is pro-life, wrote that when a woman seeks a doctor before buying birth control, there can be two reasons: “First, because big government says they should, even though requiring a doctor visit to get a drug that research shows is safe helps drive up health-care costs. Second, because big pharmaceutical companies benefit from it. They know that prices would be driven down if the companies had to compete in the marketplace once their contraceptives were sold over the counter.”

Jindal wrote that being a conservative Republican, he and other Republicans cannot allow Democrats to seek support by appealing to people’s desires and prejudices or by manipulating the contraceptive issue and portraying Republicans as anti-birth control.

It’s true that the entire election season, the Democrats used the Republicans’ objection to mandatory birth control in order to lure women voters towards Obama and turn them against the Republicans. Republicans justified their position arguing that they were simply concerned that some employers’ religious freedom could be compromised by this portion of Obama’s health care law.

Republicans’ position worsened during the race when Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, said that a women’s body ‘shuts down’ in case of a sexual assault and therefore the victim can prevent from getting pregnant. In 2008, Orange Country’s judge, Derek G. Johnson made similar remarks and has been recently admonished by the Judicial Board.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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