Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards has an editorial in CNN which claims that making the birth control pill available over the counter would “push women back to 1950s.”
At first glance, this appears to be a welcome shift, a reflection of the growing support for making birth control available to more women.
It's not. When health insurance doesn't cover birth control and women have to pay out of pocket at the drugstore, it won't expand access to birth control but shrink it.....
Offering over-the-counter birth control instead of insurance coverage for birth control amounts to a $483 million tax on women.
Compare that to a Huffington Post piece written by Richards in 2013 where the FDA’s decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for women of all ages (including teen girls) was hailed as “wonderful news” and meant that there would be “no barriers, no shame.”
This is a historic moment for women's health -- and a huge step forward in Planned Parenthood's work to expand access to birth control. Hopefully, with this decision, women all over the country will soon be able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up emergency contraception off the shelves, as soon as they need it -- no barriers, no shame.
Will Planned Parenthood and Richards now lobby to stop emergency contraceptives from being sold over the counter?