Prescription-Free Birth Control Pill Gains Momentum

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A new state law will allow California women to obtain birth control prescribed by a pharmacist. But some doctors and legislators want to go even further -- to make birth control available over the counter, with no prescription required at all. Most stakeholders support loosening the restrictions, saying there is no medical reason for women to visit a doctor before taking birth control. Critics are concerned about the high cost of over-the-counter medication. We explore the impact of prescription-free birth control on women's health, reproductive rights and the Obamacare debate.


Malcolm Potts, professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the first head of Planned Parenthood International

Daniel Grossman, professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services at UCSF

Kathy Besinque, associate professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Nourbese Flint, program manager for Black Women for Wellness