Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner said on the campaign trail in 2014 that he would like to make birth control pills available over the counter to increase women’s access to contraceptives. It was a brilliant move, undercutting the left’s “war on women” mantra. His detractors called it a political move, but Gardner is making good on his word by re-introducing a piece of legislation called Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act.
The gist of the bill is that it would incent manufacturers to apply with the FDA to sell routine-use contraceptives over the counter. According to a press release, “these incentives apply to any contraceptive the FDA deems to be safe and effective for routine OTC use and available to adults over the age of 18.” Gardner is sponsoring the legislation with fellow U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and U.S. Reps. Mia Love and Barbara Comstock.
The bill also repeals Obamacare’s ban on health, medical, and flexible savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter drugs without a prescription. Here’s what Gardner said about the move:
“It’s important that Congress adopt a modern and commonsense approach to contraception. Selling safe and effective oral contraceptives over-the-counter to adults will inevitably drive down costs and afford women the convenience to access their medication on their time. Our legislation recognizes the need to make contraceptives affordable and accessible, and it’s time that Congress put politics aside to allow women the ability to make their own decisions about safe, effective, and long-established methods of contraception.”
It’s a smart move and, frankly, from our perspectives would help to defund Planned Parenthood, which claims it provides countless women with birth control. Let’s see Democrats try to argue that this idea is bad when it’s obviously so popular with women. Please.