California and Oregon Increase Teen Access to Birth Control

This month, California became the third state to allow girls and women to get birth control pills and patches without a doctor’s prescription. They can now obtain it directly from pharmacists. Since the start of the year, Oregon has allowed the same for girls age 18 and over. Washington, D.C. and Washington State also allow access without a prescription. Lawmakers hope the new laws will reduce unplanned pregnancies, especially in teens.

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