Birth control could soon be given over the counter

Birth control could soon be given over the counter

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 6:00 PM

KIMT NEWS 3- There could soon be big changes to women’s healthcare in the state of Iowa.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Friday morning that if re-elected she would make it so contraceptives, or birth control, would be accessible over the counter and no longer require a prescription.
From what little has been released about the potential bill, anyone would be able to go up to the counter and buy birth control from their local pharmacy. Emma Brainard of Shakopee said she is all in favor if this idea. She said many women don’t just use it as a contraceptive but also for cramps or acne.
Being from Minnesota, Brainard said she wishes her state would take up something like this.
“If a lot of clinics are losing money and they’re closing down, especially in rural areas, It’ll be really great to have that kind of accessibility.” She said.
The Governor said some of the reasons she is wanting to draft the bill is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions.

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