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Defying Republican orthodoxy, Trump supports access to birth control without a prescription

September 16, 2016

The ever-politically shapeshifting Donald Trump broke with the official Republican platform on Thursday and said he supports women having the right to access birth control without first obtaining a doctor’s prescription. The Republican presidential nominee made the remarks during a much-ballyhooed appearance on Dr. Oz’s TV show in which Trump’s health specifically, and health care in general, was the theme. “I would say it should not be prescription,” Trump said in response to a question from Oz, adding that many women “just aren’t in a position to go get a prescription.” The Republican party’s official 2016 platform plainly states that it rejects the “endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician’s recommendation.”

While Trump’s rhetoric on the issue may seem progressive for a Republican candidate, keep in mind that on the very same day, Trump launched a “pro-life” coalition, whose main objective is to oppose abortion rights. On Friday, Politico reported that Trump is bringing on Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List and one of the nation’s leading abortion opponents, to head up the coalition. So, it’s wise to take the contraception sans a prescription remarks with an appropriately-sized grain of salt as Trump makes his latest gambit to appeal to women voters.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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