The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest organization of OB-GYNs in the U.S., is calling for birth control pills to be made available over the counter rather than requiring a doctor’s prescription: 

In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies. And such pregnancies, they argue, do not just interrupt lives — they also cost a fortune, with a price tag of approximately $11.1 billion per year, according to an analysis published in the academic journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The group acknowledges, though, that cost could be an issue if it got its wish, since it’s not clear whether health insurance would cover over-the-counter oral contraceptives.
Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest organization of OB-GYNs in the U.S., is calling for birth control pills to be made available over the counter rather than requiring a doctor’s prescription:¬†

In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies. And such pregnancies, they argue, do not just interrupt lives — they also cost a fortune, with a price tag of approximately $11.1 billion per year, according to an analysis published in the academic journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The group acknowledges, though, that cost could be an issue if it got its wish, since it’s not clear whether health insurance would cover over-the-counter oral contraceptives.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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