Happy New Year has come up with a small gift for ladies of California and Oregon, making their life little easier. As per a new law issued on January 1, pharmacists are now allowed to prescribe birth control pills in Oregon. Oregon is the first US State to put such law into effect with California being the following up in the suit. Starting January 1 and March, Oregonians and Californians will enjoy the ability to receive birth control pills over the counter following filling out a questionnaire and briefly consulting the pharmacist.
It seems good to know that women no longer need doctor’s approval to take birth control pills and can now take the pills from pharmacist. But, despite of the benefit, women have been advised not to take birth control pills without seeking help from doctors. Dr. Alison Edelman, a supporter of the new law, told outlet KOIN, said that just having birth control pill accessible through a pharmacist does not mean preventive health care is not important.
Moreover, women below the age of 18 years are still required to fill out a health questionnaire which the trained pharmacists will use to determine whether to write a prescription or not. Pharmacists are reportedly still free to refuse prescriptions for religious reasons, but must refer a customer somewhere else. On the other hand, pharmacists have been advised to seek training sessions before being permitted to prescribe birth control to patients. Regular visits to an OB-GYN are still recommended for women in light of the new law, which some worry will thwart younger citizens from check-ups. According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the easiest cancer of the reproductive system that can be prevented by consistent doctor visits.
The news seems good for feminists that over-the-counter birth control means more choice for more women, breaking the cycle of visits to doctors holding the pill hostage out of habit. Though, birth control pills don't protect against STDs and do carry certain side effect risks, small risks are associated with such pills compared to many other over-the-counter drugs.
According to the UPI, Pharmacists in Oregon are now permitted to prescribe birth control pills to qualifying women as part of a wave of new state laws for 2016. Oregon is the first U.S. state to put such a law into effect, with California reportedly looking to follow suit.
A doctor's approval is no longer needed for a supply of pills, although experts urge women not to overlook preventative health care in the form of doctor visits.
The OregonLive notes that, All throughout Oregon, some of life's basic rituals — from voting to pumping gas to preventing pregnancy — are about to change.
And you can blame (or, fine, thank) Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature. Of the hundreds of bills passed by lawmakers in 2015, more than 300 are set to take effect Jan. 1.
In other news JEZEBEL reported, Dr. Alison Edelman of Oregon Health & Science University told KOIN she supports the new law, but points out some providers are afraid that women may not come in for preventative check-ups since they are able to get birth control at a pharmacy. “Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn’t mean preventative health care isn’t important. That’s not what this law is saying,” she said. “Really, they’re two different things we’re addressing. 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.”