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    Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    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.


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

    Yes they should, it is a benefit to everyone.

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

    Hell yes. Heck, it might even make those opposed to health insurance covering the pill happy because as far as I know over the counters aren't covered by prescription plans.

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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?
    No, for two reasons, first there are medical implications to taking the pill not associated with condom use, so it needs to remain a medical issue. Secondly, by making it available over the counter, it demands that it be paid for independent of insurance which would make it financially out of reach for many women, most of whom are those not financially viable as mothers either. So..... NO not a good idea at all.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Yes, it is something most Americans can agree on and those things are rare.

    I might add though since we are not replacing ourselves and we seem to be stalled with immigration reform more pregnancies might....

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    No, for two reasons, first there are medical implications to taking the pill not associated with condom use, so it needs to remain a medical issue. Secondly, by making it available over the counter, it demands that it be paid for independent of insurance which would make it financially out of reach for many women, most of whom are those not financially viable as mothers either. So..... NO not a good idea at all.
    As for the insurance thing, my insurance pays for over the counter allergy medicine for my wife as long as a doctor writes her a prescription.

    But I agree on the medical implications. My wife has has issues with various forms of birth control and I think it would be smart to talk with a doctor before and during its use.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?



    Without question they should.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    The cost without insurance is about $50/month. Manufacturers have long since recovered their initial research and marketing cost. Much of the cost today is in deliver and the hurdles that must be cleared for any prescription med. It's beyond my knowledge but I can hazard a guess that OTC cost would be way less. Additionally, Planned Parenthood will provide DC is many forms including the pill to those who can not afford it. I'd like some assurances that making them available OTC would indeed lower cost to the consumer.

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

    Yes and it's absolutely bat**** crazy the absolute insane red tape a girl has to go through to get the pill. It's an absolute illogical catastrophe.


    Honestly the govt. should mail every girl by a certain age birth control pills 100% Free and this should be a Federally mandated program. The amount of problems this would fix are literally unfathomable. We're talking hundreds of billions in savings to society. Maybe even trillions.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    No, for two reasons, first there are medical implications to taking the pill not associated with condom use, so it needs to remain a medical issue. Secondly, by making it available over the counter, it demands that it be paid for independent of insurance which would make it financially out of reach for many women, most of whom are those not financially viable as mothers either. So..... NO not a good idea at all.
    There are many over the counter medications that carry side effects.

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