Boebert claims birth control too expensive: ‘It’s cheaper to have a kid’

Sarah Fortinsky and the hill

6 days ago

Rep. Lauren Bobert, R-Colo., questions witnesses at a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing Wednesday, March 29, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(The Hill) – Rep. Lauren Bobert (R-Colo) refused to pay for birth control pills when she saw how much they cost at the pharmacy during a hearing on drug prices.

“It’s cheap to have a baby,” Bobert recalled thinking at the time.

At a House Oversight and Accountability hearing, lawmakers raised questions about the role of pharmacy benefit administrators in prescription drug pricing and a lack of transparency.

Bobert called one witness – pharmacist owner Kevin J. Duane – Frequently asked if he sees people getting over the counter because they can’t afford prescriptions.

“Once I left an order at a pharmacy. I went to get birth control,” she said. “And I was there at the counter and I went to pay, and the price was very, very high. ‘Wow, that’s a three-six-month prescription?’ I said, ‘No mum, this is a month’ and ‘Having a baby is cheap’ and left it at that.

“And now I have my third child, Caydon Bobert,” she added. “It turned out to be a very good thing. I personally experienced that when times were difficult.

Bobert — whose first bill this year is to deny funding for Planned Parenthood, which would provide women with affordable health care and contraception — quickly drew scrutiny for those comments.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) He took to Twitter To echo Boibert’s sentiments at the hearing, she said, “And she voted against the right to birth control, doubling down on this problem and giving it to the next person.



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