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Eve Espey Biography

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico
Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“The major benefits [to birth control without a prescription] are fewer access barriers to safe, effective contraception and to refills for contraceptives, allowing better adherence to these methods. Pharmacists are highly trained professionals and may assist women with access to these contraceptives. However, the need for a pharmacist will still constitute a barrier for some women—ideally, these contraceptives would be over-the-counter with appropriate self-screening for contraindications.”

Christina Heiser, “Here’s What Gynecologists Think about ‘Over-the-Counter’ Birth Control Pills,”, Jan. 11, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Division of Family Planning, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, 1997-present
  • Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Mar. 15, 2015-present
  • Fellowship Director, Family Planning, University of New Mexico
  • Chair, Healthcare Advisory Group, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Chair, Long Acting Reversible Contraception working group, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Former President, Society of Family Planning
  • Staff Physician and Chief-of-Staff, Gallup Indian Medical Center (Gallup, NM), 1991-1997
  • MPH, University of Washington, 2002
  • MD, University of California at Irvine, 1987
  • BS, Biology, University of California at San Diego, 1983
  • Attended, Northwestern University, 1979-1980
  • Attended, Harvard University, 1977-1978
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