Lawmaker calls for over-the-counter access to pill

Lawmaker calls for over-the-counter access to pill

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Under new standards issued by the Obama administration, health insurers are required to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges. (Photo Illustration by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

DENVER (AP) - U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner is proposing that women be allowed to buy birth control pills without a prescription.
   
Gardner made the suggestion Thursday after being criticized by Democrats on women's rights.
   
Gardner, a Republican,  is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the November election.
   
Udall aired an ad this week accusing Gardner of wanting to ban birth control because he backed a measure to give legal rights to fertilized eggs. Planned Parenthood also hit Gardner on the issue in an ad Thursday.
   
Gardner has since disavowed the so-called personhood proposal. In a piece for the Denver Post, he said it would be safer and cheaper if the pill was available over the counter.
   
Gardner and Udall are competing for the votes of a small number of suburban women who often decide statewide Colorado elections.
 

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