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Trump supports birth control without a prescription

Posted September 15

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

— Donald Trump says he believes women should be able to obtain birth control without a prescription.

Speaking on an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" airing Thursday, the Republican nominee suggested that, for many women, obtaining a prescription can be challenging.

"I would say it should not be prescription," he told the audience, adding that many women "just aren't in a position to go get a prescription."

The GOP's 2016 platform says it opposes the FDA's "endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician's recommendation."

The comment comes days after Trump unveiled a plan aimed at making childcare more affordable for women and as he works to boost his poll numbers with women. Polls show women favoring Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, though Trump does better than her with men.

Trump has sometimes stumbled when it comes to reproductive health issues.

During the Republican primary, he was criticized for saying that, if it the abortion were to be outlawed, women should be punished for having them. He later said that providers, not women, should be the ones who face penalties.

While Trump was more liberal in his views on social issues when he was younger, he now opposes abortion rights.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists declared support for nonprescription birth control pills in 2012, but some groups oppose the measure because of the health risks associated with them. Insurance also doesn't cover over-the-counter drugs, which could make the pills far more expensive.

Dawn Laguens, the Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, warned that such a move would "put access to birth control out of reach for millions of women by making it more expensive."

"Women shouldn't have to choose between paying for birth control or buying groceries for the month," she added in a statement.

NARAL Pro-Choice also voiced opposition, accusing Trump of fighting policies "that actually help women."

Spokeswoman Kaylie Hanson Long said in a statement that such a move "could deny women coverage of birth control altogether."

"Out of one side of his mouth, he makes a claim that he's helping women, but out of the other side, he's actively working to dismantle the greatest expansion of contraceptive coverage of our time," she said.


Sharp reported from Portland, Maine.


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  • Stacie Hagwood Sep 16, 6:55 a.m.
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    "NARAL Pro-Choice also voiced opposition, accusing Trump of fighting policies "that actually help women."

    This statement is assuming that Trump actually puts any thought whatsoever into what he says. Isn't it obvious after all these months that isn't possible? He just says what he thinks the person in front of him might want to hear. And then he doesn't care that he completely contradicts himself the next day (or hour). How anyone can support a psychopath like him just blows my mind, and scares the hockey sticks out of me. (Yea, Hillary ain't great either)

  • Alan Ward Sep 16, 5:47 a.m.
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    At least he's not seizing up and having to be loaded into a van like a sack of potatoes......

  • Tony Biancardi Sep 15, 11:53 p.m.
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    He has no clue what he's talking about, his positions change almost daily, and yet the people who support him claim he's a "strong leader" who "speaks his mind."

  • Sam Nada Sep 15, 9:55 p.m.
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    Did you actually read the article? Give it a try and see if you can figure out why advocates for women might be opposed to it, and why your presumption that it would make birth control more widely available is wrong. Trump knows Oz's audience is mostly women, so he tried to say something he thought would sound good to them, but as usual he has no idea what he's talking about, and just looks stupid.

  • Pete Muller Sep 15, 9:18 p.m.
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    Mr. Brown. Where do you draw your information from that makes you think Democrats oppose Trump's idea of making birth control prescription free? There is no such indication in this article.

  • Buster Brown Sep 15, 8:10 p.m.
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    Have to wonder why the Dems are thumping Trump who is saying that he wants to make birth control availabe without a prescription. The Dems are the hardcore supporters of, and advocates for the indiscriminate murder of the unborn. Does anybody besides myself detect the strong odor of hypocrisy?

  • Aiden Audric Sep 15, 3:07 p.m.
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    Easy access: yes
    Without medical consultation: no

    This isn't a very smart position for him to take.