There are lots of reasons to move a birth control pill over the counter. Unplanned pregnancy is a big issue in the United States –about half of all pregnancies are unwanted or mistimed. Here’s how moving a pill over the counter can help:
• Moving a pill over the counter could make it easier for more women to start using the pill and keep using it longer.
• It’s not always easy to find time for a doctor’s appointment. Moving a pill over the counter could keep women from having gaps in their birth control use since they wouldn’t need to schedule a medical visit to get or refill a prescription.
• A doctor’s visit can be expensive. Under the new health care law, insurance covers preventive health visits with no cost-sharing (i.e. a co-pay). But not all women have insurance, and there are also other costs related to an appointment, like for travel and child care. In a national survey of women, 1 in 5 said the cost of a medical appointment made it hard to get prescription birth control.
• Plus, the pill has other benefits besides preventing pregnancy. It reduces pain and heavy bleeding with periods, helps prevent acne and anemia, reduces the risk of certain cancers, and more.
• A study in the medical journal The Lancet showed that over the last 50 years the pill has prevented 200,000 cases of ovarian cancer and 100,000 deaths from the disease.
• Have you ever run out of pills on the weekend or forgot to bring them on a trip? Wouldn’t it be nice to pick up a pack of pills as easily as getting toothpaste or aspirin?
Something with so many health benefits should be easy to get.
Allow birth control to be sold over the counter in Texas just like Oregon, California and 100+ countries
If over the counter birth control is not possible we support the creation of a state wide Paid Maternity Leave insurance program just like 5 U.S. states and 120+ countries