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Olivia Alperstein Biography

Media Relations Manager at Physicians for Social Responsibility
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“The concept of over-the-counter birth control ignores the grim reality that not all people can just go to a pharmacy and easily purchase birth control. Some face religious and social backlash for buying pills in full view of their pharmacist and people from their community. Some can’t afford to purchase the pill — if you’re counting pennies and choosing between food and birth control, food wins. Some are young and under a certain state’s law can’t purchase birth control without a parent’s consent. Some are transgender or gender-nonconforming. Some have medical conditions or allergies that place them at risk of serious side effects if the birth control they use isn’t carefully selected and the dosage modified to fit their bodies. The list goes on.

The reality is that most, if not all, people who need or use birth control have to find a specific combination of hormones that works for their body. It may shock some of the male politicians who are governing our right to access birth control, but millions of women don’t all just take one type of pill and have one giant mutual menstrual cycle. Each person’s hormones and menses are different, and getting the hormone combination in our birth control just right is just as important as being able to access birth control in the first place.”

“From the Left: Birth Control Should Be Free, Not Over the Counter,”, July 16, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Media Relations Manager, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Aug. 2018-present
  • Deputy Director, Communications and Policy, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, Nov. 2016-Aug. 2018
  • Communications and Policy Associate, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016
  • Editorial Assistant, OtherWords, Institute for Policy Studies, Aug. 2015-Nov. 2015
  • Next Leaders Intern, OtherWords, Institute for Policy Studies, June 2015-Aug. 2015
  • Intern, Communications and Development, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Mar. 2015-May 2015
  • Substitute teacher, Oak Hill Middle School, Dec. 2014-May 2015
  • Administrative Assistant, Newton Cultural Alliance, Sep. 2014-Dec. 2014
  • Investigator Intern, Legal Aid Society, June 2013-Aug. 2013
  • Office Assistant, Wesleyan University Classical Studies Department, Aug. 2012-Dec. 2012
  • Paralegal Intern, Clayman and Rosenberg, LLC, June 2012-Aug. 2012
  • Opinion Editor, Wesleyan Argus, Sep. 2010-May 2012
  • Intern, Research and Fundraiser, Bob Massie for US Senate Campaign, June 2011-Aug. 2011
  • BA, Classical Civilization and Theater, Wesleyan University, 2014
  • Twitter handle: @Alperstein_O
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