Governor makes the suggestion in Wall St. Journal op-ed
Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed that oral contraceptives be made available over the counter to women 18-years old and over saying it would prevent government intrusion into private lives and lower health-care costs.
Jindal offered the suggestion in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.
"Contraception is a personal matter—the government shouldn't be in the business of banning it or requiring a woman's employer to keep tabs on her use of it. If an insurance company or those purchasing insurance want to cover birth control, they should be free to do so. If a consumer wants to buy birth control on her own, she should be free to do so," Jindal wrote.
"It's time to put purchasing power back in the hands of consumers—not employers, not pharmaceutical companies, and not bureaucrats in Washington. The great thing about America is that power doesn't come from government, but from people. It's time to reclaim that power."
Jindal also noted that Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it.
"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."