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SALEM, OR --  A bill allowing women to get birth control without a doctor’s prescription is moving forward in Salem. Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) originally proposed the measure and testified before the House Rules Committee, Wednesday. "Studies have shown that this method of essentially over the counter birth control can reduce unintended preganancies by up to 25%. Further, improving access to birth control will give women, simply, more options over their healthcare needs."

 

Rep. Buehler, a doctor in Bend, went on to say, "The medical community, and overwhelming scientific evidence, has shown that it's not only safe for women, but it would be one of the most significant improvements in women's health in living memory, simply by allowing them to have access to pharmaceuticals without a phycician's prescription."

 

A work session is scheduled for the bill, Thursday. If passed, Oregon would join California in allowing women to get birth control without a prescription.

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