Should the Progestin Birth Control Pill be Available OTC?

BOX SCORE: OTC Birth Control
Should the Progestin Birth Control Pill be Available OTC?

Puzzle Summary:

There are essentially two-types of birth control pills most commonly called "the pill." The progestin-only is the safest of the two, and whether it should be made available over the counter (OTC) is the subject of this puzzle. Complicating matters is that powerful forces in politics are protecting their jobs, wages, status, profits, and wealth while women are just trying to manage their reproductive rights.

ONE PARROT pops that birth control is a human right, it should be affordable, accessible, effective, safe, since having a baby is really expensive. THE OTHER PARROT abstains that the pill isn't for everyone, that women should seek the advice of their doctors, and that abstinence is the best form of birth control. Both Parrots make their good points over and over and over again. What did our nonpartisan scoring system say?                       


BOX SCORE for OTC Birth Control
Weighted-Average Forecast

:84%: ± 2% Nonpartisan Score
Sides of the Table 4/4

Wall of Information 8/8
Cultural Windows 14/16
Columns of Bias 8/8



Top Four Key Reasons in Favor of OTC Birth Control

Legal in 100 other countries
Less pregnancies = Less maternal deaths
Discriminates against lower incomes
Birth control link to lower crime rates


Top Four Key Reasons Against OTC Birth Control

US Birth rates are too low
Risk of blood clots and stroke
Guessing at dosage
Commodity status will hurt manufacturers & their employees


Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples In-Favor

Caregivers & Gun Owners
Moralist Republicans & Medical Guilds
Sciences & Rust Belt Independents
Seniors & HMOs


Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples Against

Core Republicans & Hospitals
Multi/Nationals & Family Farms
Party Favor Republicans & Democratic Leadership
Landlords & Materials


Four A-hah Moments

(Yes) OTC birth control would lower maternal deaths
(Yes) Birth control is linked to lower crime rates

(No) Our population growth is too low
(No) Unmonitored side effects


Politics 4.0 DNA (ACGT) Conclusion

We predict an 84% vast super-majority of roles in this country to support OTC Birth Control with a very low error margin of  ± 2%.  Thrift (T) types point out that it will lower health care costs. Abundance (A) types see more affluent families through planning. Commerce (C) types see less disruptions in the workplace from unwanted pregnancies. Governance (G) types see less crime and need for family services.

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