Make Birth Control Available Over the Counter (Continued)!

Make Birth Control Available Over the Counter (Continued)!

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Lauren Petit started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Because over 222 million women live in countries that lack a single clinic with a full range of contraception, and because access in the U.S. is also limited, we must devise global solutions that will allow birth control to be offered over the counter. 

800 women die daily due to causes related to pregnancy or childbirth, and unwanted pregnancies are becoming a major health issue globally. Even if women have access to clinics where a health professional can prescribe them birth control, many countries' clinics are 45+ miles away. How do we expect women to make that trip? Healthline's article on "How 'Contraception Deserts' Hurt Women's Health" says, "If you just think about someone having trouble to afford a prescription on a reliable basis, they're unlikely to be prepared for a child they hadn't planned on. Having a child is not about one thing, it is multifactorial, and we should be able to plan for it." Family planning is a human right! 

Women deserve the right to plan their pregnancies with birth control that is accessible over the counter locally, readily, and at a low-cost! 

1. https://womenintheworld.com/2015/09/26/why-222-million-women-cant-get-the-birth-control-they-need/
2. https://annualmeeting.acog.org/news/debate-to-consider-if-americas-ready-for-otc-birth-control/
3. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/z4k5q3/why-isnt-otc-birth-control-already-a-thing
4. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-can-we-do-about-contraception-deserts

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