Top Pro & Con Arguments


Most women want OTC access to birth control pills and say it would improve their lives.

62.2% of women surveyed indicated that they were in favor of OTC Pills. The same survey found that 28% of women using no birth control and 32.7% of women using a less effective form of birth control would use OTC Pills, a market of about 11 million women. 78.7% of women said it was “extremely or quite important” that birth control be easily obtained. [25] [34] [35] [36]

62.5% of women surveyed said birth control reduces stress, 56.3% said it helps working women continue to work, 49.0% said it helped women get an education, and 48.7% said it led to more stable relationships with partners. [25]

Research supports these women’s conclusions, because state laws that allowed early access to the Pill (17 or 18 years old, instead of 21) are linked to higher women’s college graduation and employment rates, increased earning power, narrowed gender pay gap, and longer lasting marriages. [37]

OTC birth control pills would also be more convenient, eliminating the need for a woman to make a doctor’s appointment, take time off work, and rearrange her schedule.

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