Republican Congresscritter from Colorado, Cory Gardner, has been talking about making The Pill an over the counter medication for years – just like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)…oops, that was the broader concept of contraception the ACOG was referring to, not The Pill itself.
True to his promise to bring the issue of making The Pill available without a proscription, Gardner brought legislation to the House of Representatives that would achieve just that and in the “women’s rights” wing of the liberal left all hell broke loose.
But the Colorado Republican, then as now, is full of [$#@!]. The measure isn’t about access, it’s a transparent attempt to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, particularly its contraceptive requirement. And, in conjunction with the rest of the Republican platform on healthcare and gender equity, will do very little to expand access, particularly to low-income women in rural areas who are most in need.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has long supported over the counter birth control, immediately called foul after Gardner introduced his stunt proposal.
“The Affordable Care Act removed many barriers to preventive care that keeps women healthy,” ACOG president Mark DeFrancesco said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “By making contraceptives available to women without a co-pay, it has truly increased access to contraception, thereby decreasing unintended pregnancies, and allowing women to better plan their futures. Unfortunately, instead of improving access, this bill would actually make more women have to pay for their birth control, and for some women, the cost would be prohibitive.”
Jillian Kay Melchior of National Review gives a nice summary:
Salon’s Katie McDonough called the senator perpetually “full of s**t.” Planned Parenthood’s president claimed that the bill “is a sham and an insult to women.” NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president called the idea “nothing but political pandering to trick women and families into thinking we are covered while dismantling one of the most critical gains in the Affordable Care Act.” And Slate’s Amanda Marcotte called it “just a feint.”
What the ACOG president and Salon Magazine’s Katie McDonough leave out in addition to all the others, is that no trips to the doctor for the proscription means no $$$ for the physician, or, ultimately the ACOG. Jillian Kay Melchior of National Review points out that this also means no $$$ for Planed Parenthood and other groups that provide The Pill to women, as well.
Left completely out of the argument from just about everyone is that since its inception, The Pill kills and always will. Those warnings in the ads for the various brands (every one of them eventually is pulled from the market and reformulated) and class action lawsuits are no joke. Women have died from taking The Pill since the very beginning and that fact has been effectively silenced. The same sorts of issues have popped up with male hormonal shots, pills, etc., that do everything from contracept to build testosterone. This is medicine messing around with human hormones and it’s proving to be deadly. Then there’s the little matter of the World Health Organization classifying The Pill as a Class I carcinogen, but no one wants to talk about that, either.
But, the lefties give it away with their very words: it’s a transparent attempt to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, particularly its contraceptive requirement. If The Pill is available over-the-counter, there is no need for the contraceptive requirement for employers providing it through health insurance. Therefore there is no reason for ANYONE to violate consciences and religious standards over this issue, which, of course, was one of the unstated purposes of the Affordable Care Act.
As for being able to afford the $600 or so a year for these carcinogenic hormonal supplements that force menstruation, that indicates that the system is $50 per month before any savings would kick in with market forces dropping the price. Hopefully. If the class action lawsuits don’t drive the price up. With a bit of education and knowing one’s body, a calendar and a basal thermometer are more effective, cost a lot less money with no side effects. If one can remember to take a pill every day, one can measure vaginal temperatures and chart them. The only problem is that one would have to abstain from amorous activity on the appropriate days. These are the very instruments women use to try to get pregnant. Yes, it is possible to use them to avoid pregnancy.
But, again, no one wants to admit that women have the power to plan their futures, to use the ACOG president’s words, without a proscription or a pelvic exam. No, all the left wants is for complete control over the social and moral question of whether or not contraception is acceptable. It may not have been his intention, but Cory Gardner called them on it, and they have been exposed.