People In Oregon Can Now Get Birth Control Pills Without A Prescription

As of January 1st, Oregon is now the first state to make it legal to sell birth control pills over-the-counter without a prescription. On March 6th, California will become the second.

The downside, of course, to over-the-counter birth control is that it’s not covered by insurance. The upside is that it’s finally occurring to people that it’s stupid to require a note from the doctor to get birth control. I don’t know about you, but the process of getting birth control for me has never come with any specific medical advice, even when I was taking it for medical reasons (cramps) as a teenager. The process is usually just like “Hey, can I get a prescription for birth control? I would like this kind, please” and then the doctor giving me a script.

Unfortunately, only people over the age of 18 will be able to make use of this new law, because people still think that if you prevent teenagers from having access to birth control, they just won’t have sex. You know, because teenagers never do anything irresponsible.