Oregon Women Can Now Get Birth Control Without A Doctor Visit
Women in Oregon now have the ability to skip a doctor's visit and get birth control straight from the pharmacy.By Katie Link | January 3, 2016
Accessing birth control just got a whole lot easier for women in Oregon. At the beginning of the new year, pharmacies gained the ability to prescribe birth control to women ages 18 and older.
The new law cuts out the doctor visit. Instead, women just fill out a medical questionnaire at the pharmacy to obtain a prescription for the entire year — a move critics call risky.
Gynecologist Kathleen Valenton told KCAL, "I think it's very dangerous. Birth-control pills are not the only way you can prevent pregnancy and they definitely don't prevent STDs."