Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off.

That idea makes sense. However, Jindal’s advocacy seems less about the principle of women’s reproductive rights and more about being butthurt that Democrats were able to use Republicans’ own words and beliefs to bludgeon them in the last election on the women’s rights issue.

Jindal wrote:

As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It’s a disingenuous political argument they make. … Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That’s hogwash … But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception. The latest opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a common-sense call for reform that could yield a result everyone can embrace: the end of birth-control politics.

Just a few examples of how Democrats “wrongly” accused the GOP of being against birth control include Texas’ all-out assault on Planned Parenthood, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s claim that women “don’t care” about contracpetion, a crowd at a GOP debate booing a question about birth control, oh, and here are even more.

Of course there are some conservatives who support women’s reproductive rights. But it’s an outright lie to claim that Republicans have been the advocates, and not surprisingly, reproductive rights’ activists (several of whom were rounded up on the Daily Beast) aren’t too impressed with the tone of Jindal’s op-ed. If he brings more moderate conservatives who support women’s reproductive rights out of the woodwork, that’s fine, but let’s not rewrite history to do it.

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