Bobby Jindal backs over-the-counter birth control

December 14, 2012

In another op-ed at seems to be an attempt to position himself a reformer within the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) argues that birth control should be sold without a prescription to anyone over 18. 

"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," Jindal wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

Keeping birth control as prescription medicine, he said, only drives up health care costs with unnecessary doctors' visits and lines the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. He cites a recent recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that oral contraceptions should be sold over the counter.

At the same time, the pro-life Republican argued against the Obama administration mandate that most employer-based insurance cover contraception, writing that "anyone who has a religious objection to contraception should not be forced by government health-care edicts to purchase it for others." 

Jindal has recently criticized the GOP for its handling of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations and what he described as an anti-intellectual attitude. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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