CITIZEN VOICES® Majority in favor of making oral contraceptives available over the counter in NH - 382 participants

Mar 19, 2017

Two bills being considered by the New Hampshire Legislature, SB 154 and HB 264, would establish a committee to study making oral contraceptives available over the counter in New Hampshire. Read more about this issue. On March 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should oral contraceptives be available without a prescription from a doctor in NH?” 

Should oral contraceptives be available without a prescription?

Oral Contraceptives Over the Counter New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 382 participants gave 707 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 382 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 707 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 37 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said

Yes: A majority, at 67% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of making oral contraceptives available over the counter. 

  • “Adult women, in consultation with a healthcare professional (even if it isn't a doctor), should have this option.”
  • “Preventing unplanned pregnancies is far less costly than caring for unplanned children. Yes.”
  • “Women should have the right to direct their health care. They shouldn't have to beg the doctor and government for permission.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 33%, were opposed to making oral contraceptives available over the counter.  

  • “Birth control pills have dangerous side effects and should never be dispensed without an exam and physician's order.”
  • “Not everyone is suited for oral contraceptives and there are many different kinds. It not one-size-fits-all. So you need a doctor to help determine which would be best for you.”
  • “No. I am 100% pro choice and want women to have the fullest possible access to reproductive healthcare. Access to birth control over the counter opens the door for insurance companies to stop covering it.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Staying neutral: “I’m a NH resident and have no opinion on this.”
  • Pharmacy staffing: “Maybe it’s time for pharmacies to have a nurse practitioner who… can give scripts.”
  • Birth control in general: “We shouldn’t be bringing babies into this world that won’t be taken care of.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

SB 154 (2017)
Bill Status: Interim Study
Hearing date: Feb 02, 2017
HB 264 (2017)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Mar 28, 2017

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