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Jennifer Ashton Biography

Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN), and Chief Women's Health Correspondent for ABC News
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“If you remove completely the patient-doctor encounter that most women and young girls have to go through in order to be put on the pill, you’re removing a major opportunity for preventative health and wellness and STD screening and a whole host of things that women aren’t getting enough of.

It’s generally accepted knowledge that the overall health literacy of the lay population is about at the 7th-grade level, so with one-on-one counseling and me explaining how the pill works, I have some patients come back and say, ‘Well, but when I get my period on the pill…’ They don’t even understand that you don’t get a period on the pill.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Debate to Consider if America’s Ready for OTC Birth Control,”, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to reproductive health issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to reproductive health.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief Medical Correspondent, ABC News, Oct. 2012-present
  • Physician and Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN),, Mar. 2008-present
  • Member, Medical Advisory Board, Fitness Magazine, May 2013-2017
  • Co-Host, The Doctors, Oct. 2013-2016
  • Medical Correspondent, CBS News, 2009-2011
  • MS, Clinical Nutrition, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 2016
  • MD, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 2000
  • BA, Art History, Columbia College
  • Twitter handle: @DrJAshton
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