American Elephants

Can We Make Private Matters Private Once Again? by The Elephant's Child


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced their support last month for selling oral contraceptives over-the-counter without a prescription, in the United States. If approved by the federal government, this would take contraception out of politics, and put it back where it belongs, as a private matter.

The “War on Women” was always a complete lie. Republicans should never have allowed Democrats to demagogue the contraceptive issue and pretend that because Republicans rejected the idea that contraceptives should be a “free” health insurance benefit that therefore added a huge cost for taxpayers, that Republicans somehow opposed contraception.  Democrats are always on the lookout for anything they can translate into a bumper sticker, and that was an easy grab.

Women can now buy the morning-after pill over the counter without a prescription, but oral contraceptives require a prescription. If contraceptives are completely safe, then government should remove themselves from the issue. It is a private matter. The idea that Republicans opposed the use of contraception was a useful charge for Democrat propaganda, they may not want to give it up as an issue so easily. We’ll see.

I wonder how many low-information voters fell for the sleazy “Vote like your lady parts depend on it,” ploy?

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