7 Reasons Why You Should Be Able To Get Birth Control Pills Without An Rx

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
By Amy Friedrich-Karnik

Imagine being able to buy birth control pills without having to schedule an appointment, take time out of your day to see a doctor, and then take the prescription to be filled by a pharmacist. What if you could just walk into a store and buy some? This reality is closer than you may think.

Doctors, policymakers, and politicians are increasingly calling to make birth control pills available over-the-counter. In fact, later this year, California will become the first state to sell the pill without a prescription. Here are seven reasons why this is an idea that should be put into action ASAP.