Bobby Jindal has written a curious op-ed at the Wall Street Journal on the issue of over-the-counter sales of artificial birth control:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced its support last month for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription in the United States. I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena.
As a conservative Republican, I believe that we have been stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend, during debates about health-care insurance, that Republicans are somehow against birth control. It’s a disingenuous political argument they make.
I’m not sure why Bobby Jindal thinks this will end “birth control politics.” Artificial birth control, in the form of condoms and spermicides, is already available over the counter. Morally speaking, there is no difference between oral contraceptives and other forms of artificial birth control, which is why we object to them being given to kids, as Planned Parenthood loves to do.
I’m thoroughly confused as to why Jindal thinks endorsing doing something that is already being done (selling artificial birth control over the counter) is going to stop the Left from lying about what Catholics believe. There is no difference, morally speaking, between use of condoms and use of oral contraceptives. Why this merits an op-ed at the Wall Street Journal completely escapes me. It’s like saying we are okay with the sale of vodka when whiskey is already being sold. I don’t get it.
UPDATE: Vodka/whiskey isn’t really a good analogy since Catholics don’t consider drinking alcohol to be a sin. Drunkenness is a sin, but drinking alcohol is not, in and of itself.
UPDATE 2: I should have noted that Jindal was clear in his opposition to abortifacients. I also should have noted Rick Santorum’s position which is that the federal government doesn’t have any business deciding this issue.
UPDATE 3: Linked by Jackie Wellfonder.