Dem Opposes GOP Lawmaker’s Plan for Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) expressed opposition Friday to a proposed plan to allow women to buy birth control without a prescription, saying the proposal would put “more barriers” between women and contraceptives.”

“I believe it would put more barriers to women’s health and contraception,” Udall said at a July 11 press conference, according to the Associated Press.

The plan proposed by the man challenging Udall for his Senate seat – Rep. Cory Gardener (R-Colo.) would give women over-the-counter access to birth control, but customers would have to pay the cost charged by drug stores and other retailers for contraceptives.

At the press conference, Udall – who has co-authored a bill to reverse the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit that said some closely-held corporations cannot be forced to provide contraceptive methods they are morally opposed to, including abortion-inducing drugs – was asked about Gardner’s plan.