Lucky Oregonians—Governor Kate Brown just gave the okay for a law that would allow residents to get a year of contraception directly from a pharmacist. As in, without a prescription. Which means sans uncomfortable annual exam. And perhaps most importantly: no stirrups. The law will go into effect next year, the Associated Press reports.
Starting then, all you have to do is visit your local pharmacist, fill out a 20-question risk screening form, and you'll get a year's worth of birth control pills or hormonal patches on the spot. There's no information yet about what criteria you have to meet to get the contraception, except for age. If you're under 18, you have to have evidence of a previous prescription for birth control.
Governor Brown also signed a law that requires insurance companies to cover up to a year of contraception at a time, rather than just a few months' supply. She said the new policy will help women who can't travel to their doctors or pharmacies on a regular basis.
"We were pleased to hear from several male legislators who testified that they deferred to their wives in seeking guidance on their vote," Alicia Temple from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said in a statement. "It was a clear illustration of why birth control decisions should stay between a woman and her doctor, not politicians."
According to Reuters, California has a similar law on the books, but details are still being figured out. Washington D.C. passed a similar measure too, but residents there have to wait for Congress to approve it.
So...nationwide next? Whaddaya say?