Udall suggests problems with Gardner pill plan


DENVER (AP) — Democratic Sen Mark Udall is skeptical of his challenger's proposal to make birth control pills available over the counter, without a prescription.

Udall on Friday said paying retail prices for the pill could actually increase the cost of contraception. Currently, the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide cost-free birth control to women. Udall spoke at a news conference highlighting legislation to reverse last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows certain kinds of businesses to opt out of that requirement if it violates their owner's religious principles.

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's campaign accused Udall of politicizing women's health.

Udall has accused Gardner of wanting to outlaw birth control because he backed proposals to give legal protections to a fertilized egg. Gardner has disavowed one of those proposals.