Katie wrote the other day about Planned Parenthood's perplexing-but-not opposition to allowing oral contraception to be sold over the counter (OTC) without a prescription. (Read: $$$$$) Today, Planned Parenthood doubled down on their opposition to OTC birth control and released an ad criticizing two Republican politicians who support expanding access to birth control...because somehow they are also limiting access to birth control.
The ad depicts a terrible reality where birth control pills are treated just like those incredibly scarce and expensive drugs Advil and Benadryl.
As Ben Domenech sums up quite nicely in The Federalist, it's glaringly obvious that Planned Parenthood is more concerned with receiving taxpayer money than for actually helping women: (emphasis added)
Now you can understand why they wouldn’t want potential customers to be free to go to CVS or Walgreens or Rite Aid instead of heading to Planned Parenthood – providing those and other services is worth a lot of taxpayer money, $540 million in FY 2012 alone. And if you don’t provide those services, you can’t bill the taxpayers for them.
Polls have indicated that a large majority of Americans support OTC access to birth control.