The Birth Control Pill Is Now Available Without a Prescription In Oregon

Oregon and California are allowing women to acquire hormonal contraceptives without a doctor’s written prescription in 2016.

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Oregon this week allowed women who are at least 18 to buy over-the-counter birth control pills. In March, California will become the second state to implement a similar policy.

Since Jan. 1, women in Oregon who are over the age of 18 are allowed to get birth control without a doctor’s prescription. The bill was signed into law on July 1 by Gov. Kate Brown.

At the pharmacy, women are required to fill out a health questionnaire that pharmacists will use to fill the prescription, KOIN reported.

California’s law is set to start in March and has some differences — notably there are no age restrictions.

Senators from Colorado and Washington have also introduced bills that are similar to Oregon’s new law.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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