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Ore. Senate Advances Bill To Improve Contraception Access

Ore. Senate Advances Bill To Improve Contraception Access

June 26, 2015 — The Oregon Senate on Wednesday voted 24-4 to approve a bill (HB 2879) that would authorize pharmacists to prescribe and dispense birth control, the AP/Washington Times reports.

The bill allows women ages 18 and older to obtain oral contraception and contraceptive patches directly from a pharmacist after completing a risk assessment survey (AP/Washington Times, 6/24). A pharmacist can prescribe birth control to a woman under age 18 if contraception previously has been prescribed to her by a traditional provider (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/4).

The bill now advances to the state House for a concurrence vote (AP/Washington Times, 6/24).