Legislation that would allow pharmacists to provide over-the-counter contraception made some advances in the state Senate this week.

According to Philly.com, New Jersey may be the next state that makes it easier for women to get birth control without a prescription or taking a trip to the doctor's office. The legislation would permit pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraceptives like the pill or vaginal rings.

The idea is that by dispensing birth control over the counter, the number of unplanned pregnancies will reduce. In addition, Philly.com points out, the bill would be convenient for women who are unable to plan a doctor's visit because of their busy schedule.

Another point made within the article, is that access to contraception leads to a decrease of unplanned pregnancies, and abortions. Currently, New Jersey's abortion ratio was higher than any other state except New York.

 

As of now, the bill passed the state Senate health committee, 6-0.

What are your thoughts on this potential legislation?

 

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