How Anti-Women’s Health Politicians Came to Suddenly Embrace OTC Birth Control
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By: Emmy Bengtson|September 17, 2014
We know this election holds control of the Senate in the balance. So why are candidates like Thom Tillis and Cory Gardner — who have long worked against birth control — suddenly campaigning for over-the-counter (OTC) birth control?
It’s a story of political maneuvering — an empty gesture to distract women and a cynical attempt to get their vote. Here’s the full evolution of their political ploy.
1) These Politicians Have a Bad History with Women…
We’ve seen it at the national level and in states across the country: A handful of extreme politicians will do everything in their power to restrict women’s rights and health, no matter how dangerous, medically unnecessary, and unpopular those efforts are. These politicians have used sneak tactics to force abortion restrictions through legislatures; pushed legislation that could interfere with women’s access to birth control and ban abortion; and tried (over, and over, and over) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that has benefited millions of women.
The kicker? Just two months ago, some of those same politicians actually celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling to let bosses discriminate against women and deny them the affordable health care they’re guaranteed under the law.
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