With all the outspoken Republican politicians like Rick Santorum speaking out against contraception these days, it's surprising to hear anyone from the right say something positive about birth control. But former presidential candidate and current Arizona Senator John McCain was the voice of reason on Meet the Press this weekend when he said that the GOP should "get off that issue" of contraception, adding "I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives."
McCain's statement signals a change of course, since earlier this month he voted in favor of Senator Roy Blunt's amendment that would've let any employer opt out of providing health care coverage for religious or moral reasons. After high profile efforts to limit contraception access, we're seeing a few GOP politicians showing their support for birth control — or at the very least wariness about amendments like Blunt's — with recent statements. This could merely be a smart strategic move for Republicans, as single women voters, or "swingles," are the fastest growing voter block and have the potential to swing the election. Whatever the motivation, a vote in favor of women's rights is something we'll stand behind. Check out some of the recent pro-birth control statements from Republican politicians now.