Rick Santorum says the government should just give away contraceptives

The conservative Catholic and former presidential candidate has a modest proposal

Published May 14, 2014 2:13PM (EDT)

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum     (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Speaking last week at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, former GOP senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum argued that if the Obama administration wants to ensure all Americans have access to affordable contraception, they should simply give it away rather than mandate businesses include it in their employer-provided health insurance.

Coming from a man who ran for president in part by trumpeting his opposition to all forms of non-procreative sex, this is a bit surprising. But Santorum insists that his support for free contraception comes out of a sense that it is the lesser evil when compared with the contraception mandate.

"It would be less objectionable to me for the government to go out and say we're going to pay for all the pharmacies to stock contraception and give them out free," Santorum said. "Am I paying for it indirectly? Yes, through my taxes, but I pay for a lot of things with my taxes that I don't like."

Santorum also said that the Obama administration wasn't as interested in providing access to contraception as it has claimed, arguing that, if it were, it would have adopted his plan. What actually motivates the administration, according to Santorum? A desire to force Christians to betray their own consciences and "bow to Caesar."

Check out Santorum's pseudo-endorsement of government-provided contraception below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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