In a shocking statement to come from a Republican candidate, Donald Trump asserted on Thursday that he does not believe women should need a prescription to obtain birth control.
Appearing on the Dr. Oz show, Trump acknowledged that our crappy healthcare system leaves many women in a position where they are unable to easily obtain prescriptions.
“I would say it should not be prescription,” Trump said on the show, explaining that it would eliminate an obstacle for many women.
Organizations such as Planned Parenthood, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and whose main business is providing birth control, are pushing back against Trump’s statement.
“Days after after releasing a maternity leave ‘plan’ for married women only, Trump wants to put access to birth control out of reach for millions of women by making it more expensive,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement. “Women shouldn’t have to choose between paying for birth control or buying groceries for the month.”
They did not mention in their statement that his plan would potentially hurt their wallets.
Earlier this week Trump also made an attempt at courting women with a speech focused on how he plans to create tax deductions for childcare — for any single parents making less than $250,000 a year or $500,000 a year for married couples.
“Hillary Clinton does not have a plan to provide relief to most Americans faced with high child care costs. She claims she wants to cap a family’s child care expense at 10 percent of income, but provides no details. The Trump plan would provide relief to every working- and middle-income earner who has child care expenses. For example, the Trump plan would reduce taxes by $840 per year a family for earning $70,000 per year in the 12 percent tax bracket with $7,000 in child care expenses; Hillary Clinton’s plan would provide no relief to this family,” Trump’s press release on the issue explains.
The Republican candidate is also proposing six weeks of paid maternity leave.
According to polls, Clinton is only beating Trump by one point with white women, with 46% to his 45% — though she currently holds a double digit lead against him with women overall.
If he keeps this up however, things may be changing.