Following the measures taken by many state legislatures over the abortion ban bill, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has offered to work with Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to find a common ground for the issue. Although which party would bear the birth control cost is a question that remains unanswered.
Ocasio-Cortez’s idea of making birth control available without a prescription might unite the divided views of the conservatives and progressives. However, the staunch conservatives and liberal firebrands may possess a huge challenge in fulfilling the task.
Ocasio-Cortez’s birth control arguments amid the restrictions surrounding abortion ban in the country, appeared as a sigh of relief for the female population, who have lately been worried. The lawmaker, who is strictly against this policy, believes that abortion bans are a way of “controlling women’s sexuality” and “owning women”. Her earlier tweets also suggested her disapproval against the bill.
“From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sexed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology,” she tweeted in May.
Amidst the rejection, Ted Cruz’s agreement with Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet over countering birth-control measures has sparked wide controversies from several Democrats and Republicans.
“I agree,” Cruz tweeted in response. “A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?”
Though no suggestions about a clean bill was offered by Cruz’s office, the issue of birth control cost also remains unaddressed. Criticizing the idea of the clean over-the-counter bill, Ocasio-Cortez said, “They just want to do a clean, over-the-counter bill. But they don’t want to make adjustments for affordability”.
“If we’re talking about access, access is about: Is this readily available for purchase? And if so, is it readily available for purchase at a price that is accessible to most working people?” she added.
Several doctors and gynecologists believe that birth control pills are safe enough to sell over the counter; however, the US does not allow that level of access. Despite various acknowledgements from the Congress, there has been no significant progress in the matter due to various political challenges.
Ocasio-Cortez’s counter-birth control bill backed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), would include insurance coverage of over-the-counter birth control, with no prescription requirements and no extra costs.
There is a chance that the Republicans or libertarians might oppose the related insurance coverage, as they believe that it would interfere with the free market. In the same manner, there could also be a possibility that many Democrats might also have issues with the age restriction on the over-the-counter bill.
Knowing the fact that there is a strong objection between the Democrats and Republicans, many are still hoping that both the parties would merge their views for a noble cause. Following a common ground towards dividing the birth control cost, while bringing positive solutions for the related agendas, is what the women population wants from the government. While Ted Cruz’s helping hand towards Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s cause can be considered one step forward in this race.
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