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    Senators introduce bill for OTC birth control pill

    A group of Senators have now signed onto Cory Gardners (R-CO) new bill that will allow for birth control pills to be sold over the counter without prescription or having to see a doctor, similar to the controversial "morning after pill." Doctors favored this up until last year and now are playing politics. BBC news says the US is still selling birth control pills "stubbornly" behind pharmacist walls.

    What do you think?

    An over-the-counter birth control fight - BBC News
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    I think that is the best news I have heard in a long time. That will go a long way to avoiding abortions.

    Isn't the Morning After pill already available over the counter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    I think that is the best news I have heard in a long time. That will go a long way to avoiding abortions.

    Isn't the Morning After pill already available over the counter?
    Yes it is already offered over the counter. This bill would make birth control pills also OTC without a prescription. I think it will be very controversial, but I know many young women in their teens whose parents wont allow them to get birth control and this will give them the opportunity to get it without prescription.
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    And the hits against the family just keep on coming... Next up? Public boarding schools... Can't have those pesky parents deciding how to educate junior...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Yes it is already offered over the counter. This bill would make birth control pills also OTC without a prescription. I think it will be very controversial, but I know many young women in their teens whose parents wont allow them to get birth control and this will give them the opportunity to get it without prescription.
    I might be persuaded to go along with this, as long as a physician examines the woman first, and determines that there are no contravening health issues to doing so. High blood pressure, or whatever. After that, with a note for the first purchase, I see no harm in having a woman being able to purchase BC over the counter from that point on.

    For example, I have a couple of medications available over the counter through my pharmacist that don't strictly require a prescription, but they are noted in my pharmaceutical records. All I have to do is ask for them, and they are usually a lot cheaper that way, than in purchasing them in the "supplements" aisle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    A group of Senators have now signed onto Cory Gardners (R-CO) new bill that will allow for birth control pills to be sold over the counter without prescription or having to see a doctor, similar to the controversial "morning after pill." Doctors favored this up until last year and now are playing politics. BBC news says the US is still selling birth control pills "stubbornly" behind pharmacist walls.

    What do you think?

    An over-the-counter birth control fight - BBC News

    That is great until the first woman that has a stroke, or heart attack that is a side effect of some of these products.

    Birth Control Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke - ABC News
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    "Don't be fooled," writes Lisa Wirthman for the Denver Post. "It's a disingenuous move that could actually make the pill more expensive for women, and ignores the growing popularity and effectiveness of long-acting contraceptives that are reducing unintended pregnancies here in Colorado."

    She claims that Mr Gardner is only trying to get around the coverage already available under the Affordable Care Act. If women began using over-the-counter birth control pills, she says, their insurance companies would stop covering the drugs, costing women who take them as much as $600 (367) out of pocket a year.
    Republicans know they can never win on a out-right ban of oral contraceptives....now they don't want to fund them or have insurance companies mandated to offer them.

    Anyone thinking the GOP is doing this for women should rethink their position...more like doing it to women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    That is great until the first woman that has a stroke, or heart attack that is a side effect of some of these products.

    Birth Control Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke - ABC News
    There are risks with all medications whether prescribed or otc. I wonder how many lawsuits have been settled by the makers of Tylenol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    There are risks with all medications whether prescribed or otc. I wonder how many lawsuits have been settled by the makers of Tylenol.
    A lot fewer as the warnings are put on the package inserts.

    Who you gonna call AMBULANCE CHASERS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    Republicans know they can never win on a out-right ban of oral contraceptives....now they don't want to fund them or have insurance companies mandated to offer them.

    Anyone thinking the GOP is doing this for women should rethink their position...more like doing it to women.
    Exactly what I was thinking.
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