California Will Become Third Birth Control Prescription Free State

Honeymoon Destinations on Sale

California Will Become Third Birth Control Prescription Free State

AC Lens

Under a new law, to be introduced in April, Californian women will be able to buy birth control pills without a prescription.

The new law has been designed to ease women's access to birth control which supporters say will reduce unintended pregnancies. According to health department statistics, half of all pregnancies nationwide are not planned.

A similar law has been in place in effort in Washington state for 30 years and has reduced unwanted pregnancies significantly says Don Downing, a professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.

"That's the beauty of it — in that it's a new portal into healthcare delivery, without having to know the entire healthcare system," he says. "Just walk into a pharmacy."

California will become the third state to allow pharmacist-issued birth control. Similar legislation was introduced in  Oregon in January and lawmakers in Hawaii approved similar measures the same month, with Alaska and New Mexico considering following suit.

Under the new law in California, pharmacists will be able to dispense self-administered hormonal contraception - patches, pills and vaginal rings.

A CVS spokesman says the chain is waiting to review the final rules before deciding whether to participate.

Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyle says the chain is already training pharmacists.

"We'll certainly be ready to serve the patients once the details get ironed out," said Doyle, who says half of the 203 Ralphs stores in Southern California have pharmacies.

Camille Giglio, head of the anti abortion advocacy group California Right to Life, says California's new law should have included more safeguards. She says the news laws are an "irresponsible way to deal with a very, very important subject."

Giglio says under the current law there was the benefit of a patient having a conversation with their doctor about exual partners. "That doctor could have a little bit of concern, a little bit of connection, should have a little bit of understanding for what's going on," she says. "It's not the purpose of a pharmacist."

Read this next:

Must Read

Harvard Online Education: What Have They Learned?

Harvard Business School launched HBX, its new online education initiative. Prior to HBX, the trend was for online courses to create a “lean ba...

SCHOOL'S OUT ! Online Degrees the New Alternative.

The online learning environment is continuously evolving, offering a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow. With increasing tuition costs, budget cuts and lim...

All the BEST credit cards, zero interest, rewards, cash back and more!

Although we all know about credit cards – and likely have multiple cards - what might be surprising is that there are a number of different types of credit ca...

10 Ways To Manage High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common medical problem of the modern age. Today, eight out of ten people older than 60 suffer from high blood pleasure, nearly 40% of p...

Student Loans, what you need to know

For millions of people, college is not an option without some sort of financial aid to help pay for the ever-growing, exorbitant cost. Financial aid comes in ma...

Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums May Be Affected By Your Credit ScoreYour Homeowners Insurance Premiums May Be Affected By Your Credit Score

You probably know that the premiums for your homeowners insurance may increase when and if you file some sort of claim. But, what you may not know is that your ...

This Huge Company Is Harnessing Mindfulness In Its Employees

  While some businesses have gyms and cafeterias for their staff, cloud-based software company Salesforce is giving it employees the silent treatment. T...

Are Those In-Office Perks Really That Good?

Having your employer give you a rent subsidy instead of a pay raise may appear to be a pretty good deal on the surface, but it may not be the best thing for...

3 Big Budget Mistakes To Avoid

Budgeting is all well and good when you are trying to get your financial life into order, but many people just can't get the budget to stick. They fall vict...

5 Personal Success Books You Need To Read

[caption id="attachment_93" align="alignnone" width="1698"] Books HD[/caption] One of the easiest ways to succeed in any venture is to have a mentor you can ...

6 Reasons Why You Should Start A Savings Account Today

A recent survey showed that 40% of Americans do not have enough money squirreled away to see them through an emergency as small as an unexpected auto repair. ...

Tumblr Is Tumbling Yahoo’s Purchase Expectations Out The Door

Tumblr is proving not to be the cash cow Yahoo thought it was going to be , hinting it may write off the entire goodwill value it paid to purchase it. In...