SOME GOP delegates promote easy access to birth control
The key word here is SOME. Not one delegate from Prince William County was a signatory on the letter written to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Granted, the GOP delegates who sent the letter appear to be the more modern of the Republicans in the Delegate Assembly but I still smell a rat…actually, I smell a Trojan Horse.
From the Virginia Pilot:
Several Republicans in the House of Delegates have urged federal health officials to allow birth control to be sold without a prescription to adults.
More than two dozen legislators wrote U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking a policy change they called “a reform that makes sense and is something the Obama administration could quickly move on with bipartisan support.”
That position aligns with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – the delegates’ letter quotes the organization and the Republican to make the case for easier access to birth control for women.
Such a policy change would enhance women’s access, put decisions in their hands, modernize the health care system, and potentially lower birth control costs, said Del. Barbara Comstock, R-Fairfax County, one of the delegates who sent the Jan. 24 letter to Sebelius.
Other signatories are Dels. Dave Albo of Fairfax, Peter Farrell of Henrico County, Thomas “Tag” Greason of Loudoun County, Greg Habeeb of Salem, Gordon Helsel of Poquoson, Manoli Loupassi of Richmond, Joe May of Loudoun, Jim LeMunyon of Fairfax, John O’Bannon of Henrico County, David Ramadan of Loudoun, Roxann Robinson of Chesterfield County, and Mike Watson of James City County.
Pardon my suspicious mind. The article doesn’t say what kind of birth control the delegates are talking about. I am assuming birth control pills. If that is the case and if there is no prescription, then would that remove contraception from being free? If there was no Rx, problem solved. However, that still leaves women footing the bill for this medication. Would it be available in all stores that carry aspirin? Would it cost $50 for a monthly dose? If that is the case, then women are right back where they started.
The classics tell us to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. I would look at this request very cautiously. I think there is a Trojan horse in here somewhere and I don’t mean the condom type. I am not ready to declare the war on women over. In fact, I think it has just begun. The devil is in the details.