Published on : Jul 08, 2015
The state of Oregon is all set to expand the way women in the state have access to birth control measures. Governor Kate Brown has recently signed laws that will make a yearlong supply of birth control pills possible for women without even having to go to a medial practitioner for a prescription. The new laws make the contraceptives available directly at the pharmacist, legal experts and lawmakers stated on Tuesday.
Another law allows women in the state to get a yearlong stock of birth control all at one time rather than the need to visit back every 30 or 90 days. This will be the first such measure in the country, Brown stated after signing the law last month.
The law will come into effect early the next year.
One such similar law that will allow women to obtain a yearlong stock of oral contraceptives has been approved by the District of Columbia. However, it will first have to be approved by the Congress to be considered law.
The two laws have faced some opposition from the Oregon Catholic Conference, which has opposed contraceptives on religious grounds, and some Republicans on the grounds of increased healthcare costs.
The Oregon bill allowing pharmacists to directly sell contraceptives, without the need for a prescription, has come after the Californian proposal was studied by lawmakers who are also physicians. Knute Buehler, the Republican state Representative, said that Oregon will now become the easiest place to access birth control in the entire nation.
Buehler said that the Oregon Board of Pharmacists and Oregon health Authority will structure rules for ensuring safety.
The other law that will grant a yearlong supply of contraceptives was initiated after studies showed that the rates of abortion and unintended abortion decline significantly when women have easy access to a yearlong supply of contraceptives instead for one or three months.