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Jindal Calls for OTC Birth Control Sales So Dems Can’t ‘Demagogue the Issue’

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(CNSNews.com)Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for the over-the-counter sale of birth control pills in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, saying that the federal government had no business restricting access to the medication.

“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,” Jindal wrote.

The popular governor, who some consider a possible candidate for president in 2016, said that the GOP had been “stupid” to allow itself to get trapped into talking about whether it supported contraceptives or not.

“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 [Democrats] make,” Jindal said.

“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.”

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  1. Dr. Tar

    December 15th, 2012

    So birth control pills are as safe as say asprins or cold medecine? Your saying there is no need for a Doctor’s oversight and that all women can figure out for themselves (without a Doctor’s guidence) the right dosage of birth control to take, and for how long to take the pills?

    Cause I always thought a woman needed to coordinate with her doctor and to monitor the effects of those hormones over time. I thought a woman shouldn’t be taking birth control pills for an extended time frame or there would be health consequences. But what do I know, I’m not a Governor or Doctor for that matter.

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  2. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 15th, 2012

    Thanks B O B!
    You couldn’t have mentioned this before the election?

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  3. Billy Fuster

    December 15th, 2012

    Republicans “stupid”? How can Jindal say that? Just because they work hard and pay taxes to fund their own destruction? Just because they wave flags to support progressive-backed wars? Just because they look to leaders that have long since sold them out? Stupid? Naaaahhhhhh…

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  4. kvn

    December 15th, 2012

    Exactly what Progressives want – remove the stigma of murdering children. Mainstream depopulation.

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  5. Immortal Fish

    December 15th, 2012

    The Trayvon Martin mess educated me about the ghetto sangria called “Lean.” Who knew certain kinds of cough syrup was so dangerous? And it has been available over the counter for decades.

    I’m not a fan of enabling others to pursue a libertine lifestyle. However, Jindal here is promoting not only individual choice, but also individual responsibility and respect for religious freedom as well.

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  6. bonzo

    December 15th, 2012

    Jindal here is promoting not only individual choice, but also individual responsibility and respect for religious freedom as well.

    yah, that’ll go over like a led zeppelin

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  7. Shminky

    December 15th, 2012

    I cheered this until I remembered the side effects that can happen when you’re taking BC pills. I was on them less than a month before my doctor took me off them forever because of blood vessel breakage. I was young and healthy and underweight, too. It would be the woman’s responsibility to contact her doctor if she had symptoms indicating problems, but how many do you think would do that?

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  8. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 15th, 2012

    I keep hearing “popular LA governor”. Not on conservative LA talk radio.

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  9. OneLastTime

    December 15th, 2012

    What’s all the fuss about? Is there one female out there who wants BC pills and can’t get them? Probably not. There certainly are some busy girls (Fluke)who should have them but can’t be bothered knowing there’s always the fallback position of abortion. Cut back on government regulation anytime it’s offered.

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  10. not the droid you seek

    December 15th, 2012

    This is actually a good idea. It’s the manufacturers who’d veto the idea (health reasons). Then we can say, “What? We wanted to do it.”

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  11. scr_north

    December 15th, 2012

    Is it just me (and it could be) but is Jindal getting more liberal each day? In this issue he talks a good game about individual freedom and all but ignores the health implication. Birth Control Pills aren’t aspirin. A number of woman can’t use them (and only find that out after seeing their doctor) because of their personal health reasons and Jindal just kind of ignored that. I’m all for making birth control available, but in a controlled way that ensures the health of the patient (and her confidentiality). Frankly, making them available would almost guarantee a reduction in this horrific abortion mill that is operating and costing lives each and every day. Actually, this was part of Planned Parenthood reason for being until they found they could make more miney joining in with the slaughter of the unborn.

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  12. Wraith

    December 15th, 2012

    @ scr_north: Well, if you’re not willing to take on the personal responsibility of knowing what you’re taking, what it could do and what symptoms to watch for that indicate a problem…I guess that’s on you.

    Funny how so many folks decry the ever-expanding Nanny State and then turn right around and complain that the State isn’t doing enough to protect people from their own stupidity. You can’t have it both ways, people.

    I applaud Gov. Jindal’s position. Personal reedom, personal responsibility and respect for deeply held religious convictions, all wrapped up in a couple of simple sentences. What’s not to love?

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  13. scr_north

    December 15th, 2012

    @Wraith, there are all kinds of side effects with Oral Cons that a doctor would be able to counsel a patient on, a patient, who would be unlikely to do the research or for that matter understand the results or implications. A pharmacist does not have the time to take a medical history that would contra-indicate a particular brand and couldn’t aford to do so anyway without raising prices. Methadone has been proven to be of help in getting a heroin addict clean but you’d hardly go OTC on that. By the by, if Oral Cons went OTC they would be removed by just about all the private drug plans forcing members to pay for them out of their own pockets.
    I’m all for additional freedom but this issue isn’t about Oral Cons. Hell, you could ask Democrats the same thing and depending on where they’re from they’d be just as tongue tied as a GOP member.

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