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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Biography

Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“ACOG has long supported over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives. Birth control is an essential part of women’s health care, and over-the-counter status would help more women benefit from the ability to control their own reproductive health. Of course, decades of use have proven that oral contraceptives are safe for the vast majority of women, and that they are safer than many other medications that are already available over-the-counter…

[W]e know from evidence and experience that oral contraceptives are safe enough for over-the-counter access, and do not require any prescription at all. Research has shown that women are very adept at self-screening for any potential risks. And, although some women may be at elevated risk of thromboembolism associated with hormonal contraceptives, we know that pregnancy raises that risk to a larger degree, so the ability to prevent pregnancy actually protects these women.

Quite simply, the benefit of facilitating access to birth control is extensive – from helping some women prevent pregnancy reliably for the first time to improving adherence among long-term birth control users.”

“ACOG Statement on Pharmacist Prescribing Laws,”, Jan. 4, 2016


“Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the specialty’s premier professional membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health. With more than 58,000 members, the College is a 501(c)(6) organization and its activities include producing the College’s practice guidelines and other educational material.”

“About Us,” (accessed Oct. 10, 2018)


“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a membership organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care and the professional and socioeconomic interests of its members through continuing medical education, practice, research, and advocacy.”

“ACOG Mission, Vision and Core Values,” (accessed Oct. 10, 2018)

501(c)(6) membership organization