Bobby Jindal: Make Birth Control Over the Counter

The Governor of Louisiana makes the case in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Let’s ask the question: Why do women have to go see a doctor before they buy birth control? There are two answers. 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 p…

  1. Pseudodionysius
    Rob Long: Yes!  I have a suspicion that Jindal is going to surprise us all.  I certainly hope so.

    And I especially agree with this:  “A little political savviness, turn these wedge issues back on the Dems. Make it about personal liberty. It’s also provocative and gets the mind-numb MSM interested.” · 5 hours ago

    There is the delicious irony in this scenario (the moral implications of which I haven’t yet thought through) of millions of women banding together in class action lawsuits against Big Pharma and possibly Big Doc (DocJay feel free to jump in) when they ascribe health problems to the use/misuse/overuse of those same pills.

    And that’s no fluke.

  2. Pseudodionysius

    Over the counter nuclear weapons might discourage regimes like North Korea as well.

    Oh, wait. Wrong thread. My bad.

  3. Despair Troll

    While you’re at it, make contact lenses OTC as well, will you?

  4. Amy Schley

    And basic antidepressants like sertraline … I can afford my meds, but not the permission slip for them.

  5. Pilli
    Pseudodionysius: Over the counter nuclear weapons might discourage regimes like North Korea as well.

    Oh, wait. Wrong thread. My bad. · 1 hour ago

    He’s here all week folks!

  6. bagodonuts

    Jindal is now officially this social conservative’s current favorite in 2016. This is genius.

  7. Salamandyr

    And Jindal fires the first shot off the bow at showing that the true extremists in American society is the Left.  Let’s see some more of this!

  8. Goldgeller

    I have always thought this about many medicines. It isn’t just birth control that should be available over the counter.

  9. Lucy Pevensie
    Salamandyr: And Jindal fires the first shot off the bow at showing that the true extremists in American society is the Left.  Let’s see some more of this! · 10 minutes ago

    I love Bobby Jindal.  He was actually my first choice for Romney’s running mate.  I hope we continue to see more of him.

  10. Michael Kelly

    Jindal is surprising me with this.  I was a little taken aback by his attack on Romney right after the election, which I thought was in poor taste. This move shows some real political savvy, a rare trait in the Republican party as of late.  Taking the “war on women” meme and showing who truly is restricting women’s access, though I am sure some on the right will attack him for catering or now being a godless heathen. He does have some work to do to step his game up since he does have the SotU response hanging over his head, though by 2016, that will seem like a lifetime ago.

  11. Hartmann von Aue

    I am ready to print my Jindal/Rubio 2016 campaign materials, but I was ready to print my Jindal/Rubio 2012 materials last year, too.

  12. Great Goldwater

    But birth control is evil!!! Evil, I tell you, EVIL!!!!!!

  13. Tom Meyer, Ed.
    C
    Jindal: It’s time to put purchasing power back in the hands of consumers—not employers, not pharmaceutical companies, and not bureaucrats in Washington. The great thing about America is that power doesn’t come from government, but from people. It’s time to reclaim that power. It’s time to stop government from dividing people or insulting deeply held religious beliefs, and return the country to the path that has always made it great—one where Americans respect and value their fellow citizens, no matter their creed.

    Mr. President, Gov. Jindal will see you wedge issue and raise you personal liberty.

  14. CandE

    Just to challenge this a bit, what about the fact that many of these medications are powerful hormones?  Is there not a reason to be concerned for the health of the women who use them?  I would think that a doctors opinion would be essential to be sure that whichever birth control method they use wouldn’t be harmful to them.

    -E

  15. Carver
    Goldgeller: I have always thought this about many medicines. It isn’t just birth control that should be available over the counter. · 9 minutes ago

    Add that marijuana users seeking legalization through the “medical marijuana” angle was ridiculous. No one sought to repeal prohibition by making it necessary to go sit in a doctors office for half a day, pay for the writ, then go get the bottle. There is just something humiliating and wrong  with pretending to be sick, going though deliberate bureaur0cratic steps to lie about it, and having that lie permanently recorded as a condition to get the weed. It is worse than just breaking the stupid law in terms of its delegitimizing the user.

  16. Salamandyr
    In answer to CandE, I think it’s possible that birth control and some other drugs like it fall into a heretofore non-existent middle ground between pure over the counter medicines and drugs that require constant management and oversight by a doctor.  The misguided war on meth production which has many cold remedies under lock and key might provide a useful path for how to accomplish that, with birth control and other well tested yet strong drugs.   Make birth control pills available without a doctor but can be sold only after consultation with a pharmacist, or something like that. But if we cannot have a middle ground of some kind, I think I prefer freedom to keeping them prescription only. 
  17. Barkha Herman

    Jindal is very intelligent as well as politically savvy.  If only he can convince the “Asians” that he is an Asian……

  18. Mendel

    Truly a good idea, financially and politically.  Which means it has zero chance of becoming reality.

  19. Valiuth
    Barkha Herman: Jindal is very intelligent as well as politically savvy.  If only he can convince the “Asians” that he is an Asian…… · 1 minute ago

    I thought he was born in the US? 

  20. Mendel

    Since a concept this sensible is certainly too radical for the American public, perhaps there could be a medical marijuana-style compromise: a woman only needs to get a prescription from a doctor once in order to buy the pill as much as she wants over her lifetime.

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