Recently, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ted Cruz have advocated what I have long advocated: allowing women to have the freedom to buy contraceptives over the counter.
Psst! Birth control should be over-the-counter, pass it on.
and Ted Cruz:
I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?
This is nice to see. And here’s an excerpt from my proposal on February 13, 2012:
Nevertheless, there is a way that the federal government now cuts access to contraceptives in a way that substantially raises the cost. Were the government to get rid of the regulation that does this, women’s access to contraceptives would rise and the cost would fall.
What is the regulation? It’s the one that requires contraceptive pills to be prescription drugs. If, instead, drug companies were allowed to sell contraceptives over the counter, access would rise and cost would fall.
HT2 John Goodman.