With the dawn of New Year, different changes can be seen around the world. Women in Oregon and California will also get to enjoy the gifts of New Year as recently a law has been passed according to which the women will be allowed to purchase the birth control medicines without showing any sort of prescription from their doctor. Previously, getting the birth control pills was a very difficult task as women had to visit their doctor every time they needed to purchase the birth control pills. But now a law has been passed on the 1st of January, 2016 that enables all the women living in Oregon to purchase these pills without their doctor’s prescription as they will be able to get a prescription from the pharmacist.
According to the law, the Oregonian women will be required to fill in a particular questionnaire while purchasing the medicines. Other than filling in the form, Oregonian women will also be required to consult the pharmacist in order to purchase the medicine. Although this law has made the purchase of OCP (Oral Contraceptive Pills) easy but still the women would be required to seek the guidance of their doctors before purchasing these pills. If any woman is below the age of 18 then she would be required by law to fill in a detailed questionnaire. The pharmacists will have the complete authority to whether write the prescription to the under-18 women or not, after reading their form.
Dr. Alison Edelman who is strongly supporting this law claimed that this law will not underestimate the importance of a woman’s health during the time she is taking contraceptives. Dr. Edelman further claimed that during the entire tenure of pill-consuming, the women would be required to visit their gynecologists on a regular basis. “Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn’t mean preventative health care isn’t important. That’s not what this law is saying,” stated Dr. Alison Edelman. “Really, they’re two different things we’re addressing. Obviously we try to hit all of those in one visit, but really we shouldn’t be holding women hostage for them to be getting their birth control.”