On Thursday, May 3rd the Senate approved a bill to allow birth control over-the-counter.
The bill, HB 1822, would allow a woman to purchase hormonal contraceptives directly from a pharmacist, after completing a screening interview. Any health insurer licensed in New Hampshire would have to cover the screening interview. Any pharmacist dispensing birth control pills would have to complete a training program.
The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu for his signature.
Supporters argue that hormonal contraceptives are one of the safest and most-studied medications on the market, so there is minimal risk in allowing women to buy them over-the-counter. Increasing access to birth control pills will decrease the number of unintended pregnancies.
Opponents argue that a screening interview with a pharmacist cannot replace a doctor-patient relationship. They believe a doctor’s involvement is necessary to protect women from risks like blood clots.
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