Oregon opts to dramatically expand women's birth control access


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Oregon opts to dramatically expand women's birth control access


Date: 08/07/2015

Oregon is poised to dramatically expand access to birth control after Governor Kate Brown signed laws that will allow women to get a yearlong supply of oral contraceptives directly from pharmacists without a trip to the doctor, lawmakers and a legal expert said on Tuesday.

"I would say Oregon is definitely at the forefront," said Mara Gandal-Powers, counsel for the National Women's Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit advocacy group.

One measure, signed by Brown on Monday, allows women to get birth control pills directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's visit or prescription. Oregon is the second state behind California to pass such regulations.

The other law allows women to obtain a yearlong supply of birth control at a time rather than having to come back every 30 or 90 days, the first such measure in the nation, Brown said after signing the measure last month.

The laws will take effect early next year.

The District of Columbia also has approved a law allowing women to obtain a year's worth of birth control supplies but it must be approved by Congress before becoming law, Gandal-Powers said.

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Source: Reuters

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