Skip to comments.Bobby Jindal: Birth control should be over the counter
Posted on 12/14/2012 1:59:00 PM PST by Coronal
Bobby Jindal wants you to be able to get your contraceptives over the counter, and thats just the first step. Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it, the Louisiana governor writes in the Wall Street Journal today. Thats hogwash.
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Won’t speak to the safety of the drug as OTC.
From a funding perspective it makes perfect sense. OTC drugs aren’t usually covered by insurance and thus it would be an individuals decision and no one who morally objects would have to pay for it.
Maybe if our nominee had stepped up and called it hogwash things might be different today.
And the best contraceptive is free. Don't even need to go the drug store for it.
I’m surprised that Jindal would say this given that he is Catholic.
I have to agree with Bobby on this one. Adverse effects are few and far between.
Are you talking about the proverbial aspirin between the knees?
Some types of birth control pills are abortificients.
And most of them are dangerous. The statistics are have long been known, but of course the media and the medical associations refuse to report them, since that would be politically incorrect.
Not a good idea to start spreading them around any more than they already are.
Jindal is NOT talking about abortion pills.
The problem is birth control drugs are big medicine, with lots of possible side effect and interactions. They’re actually exactly the kind of drug that should be prescription only. Yeah it would end a political football, but at a huge human cost.
Close, but aspirin is not free.
I’m talking about abstinence. It works every time it’s tried. No unplanned pregnancies, no STD’s, no problem.
Works every time!
RE: Im surprised that Jindal would say this given that he is Catholic.
Well, for one, there are more non-catholics than Catholics in this country. He is indirectly saying Catholics won’t use the power of government to force people to conform to their own belief ( unlike one President I know ).
Have to agree with Jindal here. This is a pretty obvious limited government federalist solution that would have completely destroyed the democrat argument.
Knee jerk remarks like that do no good to “faithful Catholics”.
There ARE other medicinal benefits to the Pill, ya know.
I think Cicero was referring to Birth Control Pills...which are not exactly 100% safe...and their use can lead to other health problems later in life.
They should not be given over-the-counter. And, I doubt if a BCP maker would want to risk liability by having BCP OTC.
And, the prupose of many BCPs is to prevent a fertilized egg from remaining in the womb...in general terms. I am sure that part troubles some people
Yes, many birth control pills in fact do not prevent conception. They merely prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. That is why the Catholic Church is against birth control pills.
Are you accepting that The Pill can sometimes act as an abortifacient? If you could answer that question first, let’s go to the next point, if you don’t object.
I knew a girl in high school that was prescribed the "pill" for sever acne. She was VERY popular once the blemish cleared up.
Perhaps, but as a Catholic, that is wrong.
From Humanae Vitae - Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Paul VI on the regulation of birth, 25 July 1968
Consequences of Artificial Methods
17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beingsand especially the young, who are so exposed to temptationneed incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.
Doesn't seem like he is a well catechized one. Another "Catholic" politician.
“Every Christian, except for truly faithful Catholics”
Plenty of serious Protestants avoid the Pill and the IUD, as well. Every woman I know well enough to know about this does.
Yes. At one time I had hopes for him, but this is very disappointing.
Well, the article is very brief, so it’s not clear what he’s talking about.
Evidently not condoms, since they are already available over the counter.
Some birth control pills are abortificient, and some are not. Most of them are dangerous to women’s health.
They are already easily available, however, and it’s not hard to find a doctor to prescribe them. But at least some doctors might caution these women about the health risks, while agreeing to prescribe them after the warning.
The birth control pill is just much more convenient and does the same thing....prevents pregnancy.
“Adverse effects are few and far between.”
For some people, other people they can have severe side effects.
Bobby thinks he’s a medical expert since he delivered one of his own children while his wife was en route to the hospital.
So can aspirin...
Which proverb is that?
If it were “over the counter” it would be much cheaper, since no ducktors would be skimming a gratuity off of it.
Really, I think a forehead tattoo would be desirable for those stiffling the growth of our population.
Well, no. The Catholic Church supports other methods (for example natural rhythm method) which prevents conception and also results in fewer Catholics. It is the fact that some birth control pills prevent an already fertilized egg from being implanted that the Church objects to...the whole “life begins at conception” thing. Since the article is short on details, we are speculating as to Jindal’s intent here. The rest at this point is immaterial.
Not a biblical proverb, but an oft-repeated quote during the campaign months. It comes from Foster Freiss, a Rick Santorum backer. In a televised conversation with Andrea Mitchell (ugh) he commented thusly about contraception: On this contraceptive thing, my Gosh its such [sic] inexpensive, he added. You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasnt that costly."
It's one of the comments that was repeated over and over to make Pubbies look out of touch.
“Im surprised that Jindal would say this given that he is Catholic.”
Maybe Jindal sees his job as being the Governor for all the state’s residents, rather than just the Cathoilic ones?
Maybe Jindal sees the proper role of government generally, as being limited?
Never met a Catholic who didn’t take the pill...Or have their tubes tied OR hubby had a vasectomy. Let’s be truthful about this.
Jindal is rapidly losing my approbation...
We need to get the govt OUT of medicine...
STHU abt anything but govt spending, taxes, defense and only things that are in your Constitutional directive...
So can water. However its not the same level of risk nor do people usually need expert advice on the use of aspirin beyond the instructions on the bottle.
But hey if you’re willing to experiment with your girls go ahead, with them.
Yep. Back in the day there were gas station bathroom dispensers. Still are. Much ado about nothing.
The so called “Birth Control Pill” which I believe Jindal is talking about is the common one whereby there is no ovulation and therefore no egg to fertilize.
Ah, I see! I missed that brouhaha.
Political Catholic. Louisiana ain’t gonna elect no Hindoos! (Not really faulting him. The world is what it is.)
On what do you base your belief that he is referring to that type of pill? Did I miss something in the article? Not that it matters, we were discussing why the Catholic Church objects to BCP use. Making them available over-the-counter would relieve the Church and its members from being forced to pay for them unwillingly. Your “belief” about what Jindal meant is immaterial to the discussion. Agree or disagree, the Catholic Church has every right to practice its religious beliefs without government or non-member input.
But every woman who asks gets the prescription, it has nothing to do with being “diagnosed”, and once they have it, they get refills for the rest of their lives.
So really, the doctor visit is just government imposing an extra cost.
Of course, nothing stops a woman from seeing a doctor before starting birth control. This is about free choice.
Frankly, I think a LOT of prescription drugs should be OTC instead.
And while they are at it.... OTC Viagra and Cialis!
I didn’t understand what this has to do with being Catholic.
It’s not like a Doctor is going to abstain from prescribing the pill to a woman if she is Catholic.
So making it OTC or having it a prescription is completely separate from whether the drug should be used or not.
A Catholic who didn’t get the prescription will now NOT buy the OTC medicine.
I don’t think we want to enforce religious beliefs on others by making costs higher. So I don’t see the religious significance of this statement.
The Catholic Church is against birth control pills because they have a religious objection to birth control. They are against condoms as well, and condoms have nothing to do with abortion.