- 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,” acog.org, 2017
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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), jenniferashtonmd.com, 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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