Trump: Women Should Be Able to Obtain Birth Control Without Prescription

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined on national television this week that he believes women should be able to obtain birth control over-the-counter, without a prescription.

Appearing on the Dr. Oz Show, which aired nationwide on Thursday, Trump was asked during the program whether it “should be mandated in this country that we reimburse women for their birth control.”

“I think what we have in birth control is, you know, when you have to get a prescription, that’s a pretty tough something to climb,” he replied. “And I would say it should not be a prescription. It should not be done by prescription.”

“You have women that just aren’t able to go get a prescription,” Trump continued. “So and more and more people are coming out and saying that, but I am not in favor of prescription for birth control.”

The Republican presidential nominee’s position runs counter to the 2016 Republican Party platform, which reads, “We believe the FDA’s approval of Mifeprex, a dangerous abortifacient formerly known as RU-486, threatens women’s health, as does the agency’s endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician’s recommendation.”

As previously reported, in 2013, the FDA moved the morning-after pill over-the-counter, and lowered the legal age to 15 after Judge Edward R. Korman, appointed by Ronald Reagan, blasted the Obama administration for not making Plan B, and other generic variations of the pill, available to all ages.

However, some pro-life leaders believe that the morning-after pill is actually an abortifacient.

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“As all pro-life folks, and many politicians for that matter, have said for years: ‘Life begins at conception,’ not implantation. While the morning-after pill may prevent implantation, for a life that is already conceived (a fertilized egg) the morning-after pill (like many forms of birth control) makes the womb, the place God designed to be a place of life and safety, a hostile environment so that the baby can’t implant and continue to live and grow. This is by definition elective abortion,” Daniel Parks, the executive director of the Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of Cities4Life, told Christian News Network last year.

He explained that at the moment of conception, a person is already encoded with the unique DNA that makes them a special and separate entity.

“At the moment that the sperm meets the egg (which can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days) a brand new and unique human life is conceived,” Parks outlined. “23 chromosomes from Mom and 23 chromosomes from Dad. All the genetic information that makes that person distinct is present.”

Parks, the director of an organization that regularly conducts ministry at local abortion facilities and often assists women even after giving birth, said that while some situations that lead to pregnancy are certainly traumatic and sinful, killing an unborn child does not right the wrong.

“Although situations of rape are always very grievous and I can only imagine what a young lady in that situation is going through, this can’t be a reason for us to compromise our stance that all human life should be protected and ‘life begins at conception,’” he stated. “And if we’re going to be consistent and always ‘err on the side of life,’ then to stand on our convictions we can not support and most certainly can not champion things like the morning-after pill.”

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  • Tangent002

    Two things:

    Birth control is hormone therapy and should not be undertaken without the advice of a doctor. Different women frequently need different dose levels in order to be effective.

    Over-the-counter medication is not covered by insurance, so this move would likely make the pill more expensive for many women. Before Flonase went OTC, for example, I would only have to pay my $10 copay. The OTC price is at least $22, which means more out-of-pocket for me.

    • Amos Moses

      “Copay” means someone else paid the rest ………….. not sure what the real cost was ….. but “copay” was not the total cost ….. the answer to that is “SHOPPING” ….. most of the places i check have OTC insulin (N or R) for $50-100/1000 units ………. Walmart has it for $25 ………..

      • Jolanda Tiellemans

        You can get insulin OTC? Mmhmm, kinda dangerous to do so, I think. Rather give more money and be sure that it is safe.

        • Amos Moses

          So Walmart is not safe ……… or is it Novolin N that is not safe ….. sorry …. i do not understand your comment ………

      • james blue

        I don’t see why there should be any co pay for prescribed medications, the insurance premiums are expensive enough.

        • Amos Moses

          because we should not be insulated from the idea that we are required to pay for things …… in real time …….

          • james blue

            But we DO pay for insurance. If you wish to make the argument about co pays to see a doctor to avoid overloading the system for “the sniffles” go ahead, but once you have seen the doctor and a prescription issued the insurance should pay, that’s the point of insurance.

          • Amos Moses

            But when people go to use it ……. people think it is an “all you can eat” affair and there are no consequences to their spending …. and using it is spending ……….

          • james blue

            Aren’t doctor’s only supposed to prescribe when needed, or do you think people are deliberately getting ill?

          • Amos Moses

            i think doctors make money off off patients ………. do they not ……….

          • james blue

            So patients have imaginary illnesses?

          • Amos Moses

            non-sequiter ………

          • james blue

            Then tell me. If you get a serious infection and require medication what lesson are you needing to learn in receiving medication that requires you co pay after you’ve already paid a premium to cover yourself?

          • Amos Moses

            That insurance is a fraud …. or did you miss that point ………..

    • TheBottomline4This

      These women who can’t afford it maybe need to refrain from sex for a while until they can. A person won’t die if they don’t have sex. There is this thing called self control. Also, if BC is SO expensive, then maybe they should stop getting lattes or cigarettes or whatever they are blowing money on. Not forever, but for a time so they can save toward their birth control they want, you know with money being tight and all.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        As opposed to what?

      • james blue

        So married poor couples should only have sex to procreate?

  • Dan Jones

    Yep, his sheep’s skin is slipping more and more every day…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

  • TheBottomline4This

    Pay for your own birth control. You want equal rights, buy your own, Men have been doing that for decades.

    “Walmart and Target Have Been Offering $9 Birth Control Since 2007
    For over two months the Left and their media minions have been making a big stink about the need for mandatory health insurance coverage of contraceptives.
    In all this fuss and distraction from the real problems this nation is facing, nobody noticed that since 2007 Walmart has been offering a month’s worth of birth control pills for only $9
    Two days later, Target matched Walmart’s offer.

    The updated Retail Prescription Drug List for Walmart shows the following women’s health medications (birth control bolded):

    Women’s Health $4, 30-day $10, 90-day
    Estradiol 0.5mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
    Estradiol 1mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….. . . .. 30 . . . . . .90
    Estradiol 2mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……….30 . . . . . .90
    MedroxyprogesteroneAcetate 2.5mg tab . . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
    Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 5mg tab . . . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
    Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 10mg tab . . . . . 10 . . . . . .30
    Alendronate SOD 35mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . .12
    Alendronate SOD 70mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . ……. 4 . . . . . .12
    Clomiphene 50mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………. 5 . . . . . .15
    Sprintec 28-day tab . . . . . . . . .. . .. . …….28 . . . . .N/A
    Tamoxifen 10mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……..60 . . . . . 180
    Tamoxifen 20mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……..30 . . . . . .90
    Tri-Sprintec 28-day tab . . . . . .. . . . . . ….28 . . . . .N/A

    A 28-day supply of Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec are still available for $9. The other medications are mostly for menopause and other women’s health issues.
    Add it all up, and women can get birth control at Walmart for the cost of two lattes at Starbucks.

    Yet for the past two months, the Left and their media minions have been making contraceptives out as so expensive that women can’t possibly afford them if they’re not included in their health insurance plans.

    What’s the next red herring the press are going to concoct to distract the public’s attention from soaring gas prices, staggering budget deficits, stubbornly high unemployment, and another war looming in the Middle East?

    *****Update: Target’s online pharmacy also lists 28-day supplies of Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec are available for $9.”
    From a 2012 article. Prices may have changed.

    • james blue

      Where does it say anything about not paying?

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Birth control is too risky to get without a doctor’s guidance. The side effects can be life threatening! Also, no reason for the government to pay for anyone’s birth control. Stop listening to your daughter, Trump, and start listening to common sense!

  • Robert

    Trump has shown us he can change his views to become even more for life as he learns more about abortion . Clinton does not she sees no value of a child still growing in side their Mothers.


  • Grace Kim Kwon

    No murder rights for anyone. Life starts at conception. (Psalm ch.139)

  • So Hillary, who advocates for child murder, is BETTER? Get a grip.

  • Gena B

    Not all birth control is the same. Some women cannot tolerate certain ones and some may not be strong enough. Some women have to try different ones to find the right fit for her body, this guy has no clue, and his opinion is pointless.