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There is no easier, simpler, more efficient way to ensure that people have access to the products and services they want than to leave them to exchange money for them, unencumbered by mandates, quotas, or subsidies. One might argue that doing so is insufficient toward one’s aims — which usually begs the question of who exactly you think you are to get to decide such things — but it’s the logical starting point for all but the most committed of petty totalitarians.
Unfortunately, the dominant strain of leftist feminism is exactly that. For further evidence, look no further than Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s latest article on leftist opposition to a Republican-sponsored proposal to streamline the approval process for over-the-counter oral contraceptives:
The “Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. [Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and] Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), would encourage birth-control pill manufacturers to file an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell products over-the-counter (OTC), as well as repeal the Affordable Care Act’s restriction on using health savings accounts to buy non-prescription medication. The full text of the proposal has not yet been released.