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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    So you think that women will be irresponsible and that you need to be responsible for their own good?
    It's interesting to see them say that women need to have others steer their decisions involving their uterus'.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    So you think that women will be irresponsible and that you need to be responsible for their own good?
    It's just llke any other prescribed medicine. You need a doctor to prescribe the correct medicine and dosage. The doctor would also know the patient's health and give any warnings that need to be.


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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    It's just llke any other prescribed medicine. You need a doctor to prescribe the correct medicine and dosage. The doctor would also know the patient's health and give any warnings that need to be.
    But there are side effects to all medicines and many are over the counter...

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    But there are side effects to all medicines and many are over the counter...
    That's true, but BC pills contain womans hormones.


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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    It looks like mostly men have voted but is there some medical reason that they should not be available over the counter?
    You're talking about hormones here, and there are many available pills and dosages--what's right for one woman may not be for another, and this needs to be determined for each individual woman by a healthcare professional.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Well, seeing as how I believe even all recreational drugs should be legal I wouldn't be very consistent if I said you should have to get permission from a doctor to obtain prescription meds. So I think all drugs should be available without a prescription FOR ADULTS.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Some reason why not?
    You get the kind of world you work toward, that's why

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Simple enough question.

    Making Birth Control available to women over the counter would even the playing field (we don't make men get a prescription and a prostrate exam to get condoms), and lower the costs of birth control. It's been that shifting to OTC BC would result in a 20–36% decrease in the number of women using no method or a method less effective than the pill, and a 7–25% decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies, something you'd think all sides can agree on.

    And, generally, it seems most do. Only 26% of Americans oppose allowing Birth Control Pills to be sold over the counter, and 70% support it. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support it.


    However, it became a bit of an issue a while back when Sen Mark Udall was running the worlds-most-shark-jumping-war-on-women campaign against Senator Gardner, who has now introduced legislation calling for making OTC BC a legal reality.


    So, where sits DP?
    I don't see any particular reason why not, all things being equal.

    We already sell condoms and Plan B over the counter.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Depends on side effects, health issues etc. If they are acceptable, then see little reason birth control shouldn't be OTC. If not, then they shouldn't. Though, unless there is a good medical reason, continual visits just to get more seems a waste of time for patient and doctor.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Simple enough question.

    Making Birth Control available to women over the counter would even the playing field (we don't make men get a prescription and a prostrate exam to get condoms), and lower the costs of birth control. It's been that shifting to OTC BC would result in a 20–36% decrease in the number of women using no method or a method less effective than the pill, and a 7–25% decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies, something you'd think all sides can agree on.

    And, generally, it seems most do. Only 26% of Americans oppose allowing Birth Control Pills to be sold over the counter, and 70% support it. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support it.


    However, it became a bit of an issue a while back when Sen Mark Udall was running the worlds-most-shark-jumping-war-on-women campaign against Senator Gardner, who has now introduced legislation calling for making OTC BC a legal reality.


    So, where sits DP?
    I don't think this is something the State has a compelling interest in. It should be left to individual choice and market selection.

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