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Tea Party Darling & Democrat Socialist Sweetheart Team Up On Lobbying & Over The Counter Birth Control

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Published on: June 15, 2019

With the many dog and pony shows;  the many ridiculous statements that elected officials in both parties make;  and, the formed alliances between unlikely members of Congress, the American people should not be surprised by any scenario that comes out of Washington, DC.  Yet, the potential partnership of Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Democrat Socialist sweetheart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on the issue of birth control being available over-the-counter and former lawmakers being prohibited from becoming a lobbyist was a head scratcher.

The Western Journal reported:

A partnership between the 2016 Republican presidential candidate who excoriated “New York values” and a Democrat legislator who personifies many of them may be in the offing on the tinderbox subject of birth control.

The potential partnership between Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has its roots in a common goal that first brought the two together.

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They each want to impose a lifetime ban so that former lawmakers cannot go through the revolving door to become lobbyists, and have taken preliminary steps to work together on the issue.

Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation? https://t.co/jPW0xkH2Yy

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 30, 2019

Prohibiting former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists is actually a good idea.  The question is why has not anything been done prior to AOC entering the scene.  Surely, there was someone across the aisle in Congress before now that Sen. Cruz could have approached.  But, the time has come for limiting former members of Congress in a lot of areas – becoming lobbyist is one;  maintaining a security clearance is another.

The most interesting issue is Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez want to make birth control available over-the-counter.  One has to assume this means birth control pills since condoms have always been over-the-counter since no prescription is required.  After Cruz posted the above tweet, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her belief on birth control.

Psst! 🗣 Birth control should be over-the-counter, pass it on.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2019

 

I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested? https://t.co/7kh3kqxN1w

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 12, 2019

Hating to sound like a broken record, it has to be repeated – again.  All across the united States, there exist county health departments.  The health departments give condoms free of charge.  When it comes to birth control pills, the health department provides those to women after having a physical exam.  Being that health departments are state-funded, the amount a woman pays for services is based upon income.  Therefore, women who are considered poor do not pay for services.  Why is it that not one elected official in Washington, DC, knows this?  And, if they do know this, why are they not communicating it?

As a retired professional registered nurse, allowing birth control pills to be sold over-the-counter without any medical oversight is risky.  Because of the hormonal contents of birth control pills, women of childbearing age using these pharmaceuticals can experience serious health problems requiring monitoring by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or a registered nurse with extended certification under the supervision of a physician.  The requirement of a physical exam monitors for signs and symptoms of complications with birth control pills, checks for pregnancy, and any problems with the reproductive system.  Moreover, birth control pills contain varying levels of hormones that may need adjusting in order to be effective and reduce side effects.  One serious complication requiring monitoring is formation of blood clots that could lead to stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolus.

Other devices, such as an interuterine device (IUD), implanted hormone device (Nexplanon, etc.) and injections (Depo-Provera), require professional insertion and care.  Diaphragms and contraceptive rings require proper sizing and monitoring by a professional because various factors can cause the size to change.

Knowing all of this and knowing that the federal government doesn’t do anything that benefits the people, the question changes to why is Ted Cruz partnering with AOC to make birth control pills available over-the-counter.  Over-the-counter birth control pills are a non-issue.  Congress has more important business to conduct, such as a collapsed southern border, illegal alien invasion, and providing for border security.  Nevertheless, His tweet drew attention but not because of the issues involved.

Because this personality has a track record of dangerous partisan stunts, so when he starts behaving in a bipartisan manner, there’s pretty good reason to doubt his motives.

That said, all he’s gotta do is follow through on these clean bills — then he can start earning goodwill

— John O’Sullivan (@ohsully42) June 12, 2019

Ted Frigging Cruz is involving himself in great bipartisanship ideas. Take a look #GOP, this is how government for the people is supposed to work.Well done @tedcruz

— Steve Rogers (@Stever83) June 12, 2019

Voters have every right to be skeptical since Cruz has taken an interesting stance on birth control in the past.

In 2015, while seeking the GOP nomination for president, he spoke to an Iowa audience about the ready availability of contraceptives in America to rebut Democrat claims that Republicans wanted to restrict access.

“Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America,” Cruz said then, according to ABC News.

“Look, when I was in college, we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in and voila. So, yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utter made-up nonsense issue.”

That’s what I’m saying – “anyone who wants contraceptives can access them….”

Before Ocasio-Cortez responded, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), a House rookie like AOC, replied through Twitter to thank Cruz for supporting a Democrat bill, which AOC retweeted.

Hi there @tedcruz hit up our girl @pattymurray she and I have already written the bill, album dropping tomorrow 😉 @AOC‘s vocals (& original co sponsorship) = on point. @KatieHill4CA’s an original too. Just call it the Destiny’s Child of OTC birth control https://t.co/Ri2q1Viez4

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) June 12, 2019

We’ve always believed affordable, accessible birth control isn’t just a women’s issue so look forward to you co-sponsoring, got a few good men on already including @RepBera M.D.

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) June 12, 2019

Other Republicans are on board as well – Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado.

“Access to birth control is currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires a woman have a prescription to purchase birth control pills.”

There are also other issues involved – money and abortion (mothers murdering their babies in the womb in a murder-for-hire scenario).  Julie Rovner, health reporter for Kaiser Health News, responded to this via Twitter.

GOP has been pushing this for several years to escape from the political problems of who should pay for birth control and its conflation with abortion debate. Hitch- it might end up costing women more because most insurers don’t cover OTC drugs. https://t.co/hBFC2Z6Ifj

— julie rovner (@jrovner) June 12, 2019

Republicans have “been pushing this for several years to escape from the political problems of who should pay for birth control and its conflation with abortion debate,” Julie Rovner, a health care reporter with Kaiser Health News, tweeted.

GOP has been pushing this for several years to escape from the political problems of who should pay for birth control and its conflation with abortion debate. Hitch- it might end up costing women more because most insurers don’t cover OTC drugs. https://t.co/hBFC2Z6Ifj

— julie rovner (@jrovner) June 12, 2019

Rovner hit the nail on the head with her tweet.  Cruz is providing a way for Republicans to “escape from the political problems of who should pay for birth control and its conflation with abortion debate.”  Planned Parenthood and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) support birth control pills moving to an over-the-counter product, but only if the contraceptive is free.  Cruz never mentioned OTC contraceptives being “free”.

Once again, condoms are available for free at the health department and contraceptives used by women are based on income, meaning low cost or no cost.  With Planned Parenthood claiming to provide “reproductive services” to women and being subsidized by taxpayer funds, why is the organization not providing contraceptives to men and women for free?  Offering contraceptives for free would mean fewer babies murdered in the womb, which means fewer baby body parts available to illegally sell to the highest bidder biting into Planned Parenthood’s big money maker.  Those directors have to have their Lamborghini’s, you know.

To all Senators and Representatives:  education, education, education.  Please!  Educate yourselves on services available in all communities before spending time on non-issues.  Promote education to young women and teens on abstinence until marriage – there are worse conditions than pregnancy one can acquire through sexual intercourse.  Promote education of teens and young adults through parents surrounding sexual intercourse so impressionable young minds receive values, principles and morals to choose wisely their path.

Don’t make me have to come to Washington, DC.

Article posted with permission from The Washington Standard

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