New Jersey Lawmakers Seek to Make Birth Control Pills Over-The-Counter

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Trenton, NJ – If Trenton lawmakers succeed, birth control pills will be an over-the-counter medicine in New Jersey, no longer requiring a prescription.

According to Trenton Democrats, a new bill proposed in Trenton will allow pharmacists to dispense certain hormonal contraceptives without an individual prescription.

“Birth control is a crucial piece of reproductive health care. Expanding access to birth control will significantly decrease the likelihood of an unintended pregnancy,” said Senator Turner (D-Hunterdon/Mercer). “Making contraceptives available without an individual script will make them more affordable and more accessible to low- and moderate-income women. This legislation will give women more control over their bodies and their reproductive health, reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions.”

The bill, S-275, would allow pharmacists to dispense certain self-administered hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills and vaginal rings, without an individual prescription. The bill would require the Board of Pharmacy and the State Board of Medical Examiners to issue a standing order authorizing pharmacists to do so.

“It’s documented. The more accessible contraceptives are for men and women, the more effective they are at preventing unintended pregnancies,” said Senator Vitale (D-Middlesex), chair of the Senate Health Committee. “This is smart legislation that puts us on par with numerous states across the nation and I’m proud that in New Jersey we are trying to make smart health decisions easier, not harder.”

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