Now you can get birth control without a trip to the doctor. Oregon is the first state to allow pharmacists to give over-the-control birth control to women over the age of 18 thanks to a brand-new law that went into place January 1, according to KOIN 6.
All you have to do is fill out a health questionnaire, and if everything looks good, the pharmacist will hand over the prescription. They can give out up to a year's supply worth of the pills at one time, since insurance companies are required to pay for 12 months under the new law.
A pharmacist is, however, allowed to refuse the birth control for religious reasons, but, in that case, they're required to refer the patient somewhere else, according to the site.
California is set to become the second state to allow over-the-counter birth control in March, according to CBS Los Angeles, and Senators in Colorado and Washington have proposed similar laws, as well.
Doctors in Oregon are reminding women, though, that they should continue their regular trips to the gynecologist to make sure they're healthy.
"Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn't mean preventative health care isn't important. Really, they're two different things we're addressing," Oregon Health and Science University's Dr. Alison Edelman told KOIN 6. "Obviously we try to hit all of those in one visit, but really we shouldn't be holding women hostage for them to be getting their birth control."
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