Fox News host Andrea Tantaros expressed concern on Friday over President Barack Obama’s support for over-the-counter access to birth control for girls aged 15 and up.
“I’m just wondering, at 15 years old, is the Obama daughter, Malia, going to go on birth control?” she asked on her radio show. “Are they gonna put her on birth control? Because he’s very concerned with the contraceptives and pharmaceuticals that are going in the mouths of everybody else’s 15-year old daughter.”
On Thursday, Obama said he was “comfortable” with the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to make “Plan B” contraceptives available to younger women without a prescription, explaining that it was based on scientific evidence.
“Yeah, the same scientific evidence they point to on climate change. Uh huh, that’s very reliable.” Tantaros scoffed. “I got news for you, Mr. President, and you should know this by now, ’cause your oldest daughter’s about to turn 15 in July. You should know this. I don’t even have a 15-year-old but I’m gonna clue you in: Psst. Girls aren’t women at 15. They’re little girls. They’re not women. They’re not adults, as defined by the law of the land. Mr. President, you should know that. And as a dad, you should respect that.”
Tantaros also said Obama’s statement had “even Democrat mothers” up in arms. But overall, recent polling shows majority support for easier access to birth control: a Reuters poll released on May 2 showed 75 percent of women supported making contraceptives available over the counter. And some womens’ rights groups have expressed disappointment that the FDA’s decision did not go far enough.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.