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Poppy Daniels, MD Biography

Title:
Physician and Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Position:
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"
Reasoning:

“Hormonal birth control is not without risk… My concern is that you’re basically taking women who have no counseling, no family history, no risk assessment, and they’re just getting [hormonal birth control] with no guidance. Why would you take that risk?

… To put [hormonal contraception] on the same aisle as Tylenol and Zantac is absurd.

People think I have some nefarious, right-wing agenda. And that’s just not true. I’m medically responsible for the patients I see, and they deserve to know the potential risks and benefits of each medication.

We’re not talking about pregnancy. We’re talking about whether it is safe for non-pregnant women to buy birth control over the counter. And I don’t think it is.”

Sarah Watts, “An Over-the-Counter Pill Isn’t Safe,” thedailybeast.com, June 15, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
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:
  • Owner, Physician, and Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN), Dr. Poppy, July 2003-present
  • Physician, Family Birth & Wellness Center, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2016
  • Owner, Dr. Poppy Daniels, Sep. 2003-Nov. 2012
Education:
  • MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2002
  • MD, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, 1998
  • BA, Biology, Chemistry, and Women’s Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1994
Other:
  • Lives in Ozark, MO, with her husband, Dennis Daniels (a pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine doctor) and their five sons and daughter.
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should birth control pills be available over the counter?